Married couple will be charged in state trooper's murder

Erik and Sarah Knysz face charges related to the shooting death of Michigan State Trooper.


Sarah Knysz, 20, was arraigned in Mason County district court Wednesday. She is charged with being an accessory after the fact to the murder of Trooper Paul Butterfield. She is also charged with unlawful driving away. Bond was set for her at $250,000.

Knyszâ??s husband, 19-year-old Eric Knysz, is charged with murdering an officer, felony firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and unlawful driving away. He has also been given a habitual offender status, which could increase his sentence. He is recovering after he was injured in a gunfire exchange with police Monday night. Eric Knysz is expected to be arraigned Thursday.

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Murder charges are being sought against a 19-year-old in the shooting death of a Michigan State Police trooper during a traffic stop in the northwestern Lower Peninsula.

Eric Knysz is expected to be charged with killing trooper Paul Butterfield, as well as three other crimes. His wife, Sarah Knysz, is expected to face two charges related to driving away from the scene. Warrants to charge them were filed Wednesday in Mason County District Court.

Trooper Butterfield was shot in the head Monday night during a traffic stop in Sherman Township, about 80 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Magistrate Patricia Baker says Sarah Knysz is due in court Wednesday. Eric Knysz was injured during a gun battle with police. He remains hospitalized, but is expected to appear in court Thursday.

Services, for Butterfield, are scheduled for Saturday at Manistee High School in Manistee. Visitation will begin at 10 am with services scheduled for 1 pm.