A roughly 2-week trial has been scheduled for a man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a Michigan State Police trooper.
The trial for 19-year-old Eric Knysz is scheduled to start Feb. 18 in Mason County Circuit Court in Ludington. He's charged with murder of a police officer and other crimes in Mason County. Knysz faces a mandatory no-parole sentence if convicted.
Trooper Paul Butterfield was shot in the head during a traffic stop Sept. 9 in Sherman Township, about 80 miles north of Grand Rapids.
Knysz' wife, Sarah Knysz, also faces different felony charges. She has a hearing scheduled for Nov. 5. They're both being held in the Mason County Jail.
Prosecutor Paul Spaniola said Butterfield regularly handled cases in Mason County, especially following up with sex offenders to ensure they were complying with their many restrictions.
"He had a very soft spot for animals. He was a hard worker. He did everything by the book," Spaniola said.