LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A jury in Ludington is deliberating the fate of a man accused of killing a Michigan state trooper during a traffic stop.
Twenty-year-old Eric Knysz (NIZE) is charged with first-degree murder in the September shooting of 43-year-old Trooper Paul Butterfield II in Mason County.
Authorities say that Knysz had stolen guns with him when Butterfield pulled over his pickup truck. Knysz's wife Sarah was with him in the car and testified against him.
In his closing arguments Tuesday, Prosecutor Paul Spaniola said the evidence is clear that Knysz is guilty.
Defense lawyer David Glancy says the only witness placing Knysz in the pickup that day is his wife, who benefited from a plea deal that brought her a sentence of 2-5 years as an accessory.