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Eric Knysz Waives Right to Preliminary Hearing in Trooper Death Case

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Eric Knysz was charged for the death of Trooper Paul Butterfield last month and has now waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Mason and Manistee counties.

Trooper Butterfield pulled Eric and his wife Sarah Knysz over at the intersection of Custer and Townline Road in Mason County on September 9th.

Police say Knysz shot the Trooper Paul Butterfield in the head and fled.

Police located the pair two hours later in Dublin in Manistee County.

Knysz recently waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Mason where prosecutors would be required to reveal evidence. Monday, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Manistee County. 

Eric's wife Sarah Knysz also waived her right to a preliminary hearing on different felony charges in Mason County.

Sarah Knysz's Manistee County preliminary hearing has been pushed back to a later date. Her attorney made the request to have more time to prepare and go over the case.

The waiver of both exams sends Eric's case in Mason and Manistee counties straight to a trial court. Sarah's case in Mason County will go straight to trail too.

A new preliminary exam date has not been set for Sarah as of now.

Trial dates for Eric and Sarah in Mason County have not been set.

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