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Trial Underway For Accused Trooper Shooter

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MASON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) - The trial for Eric Knysz is underway. Jury selection concluded Tuesday in Mason County.

The 20-year-old defendant is charged with first-degree murder of a peace officer in the killing of Trooper Paul Butterfield II during a traffic stop in September.

Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola says Knysz feared being caught with stolen guns in his father's truck. He made the allegation during his opening statement Wednesday in the trial of Eric Knysz in Ludington.

Defense lawyer David Glancy told jurors Knysz is presumed innocent and that Spaniola's opening statement is not evidence, just his theory of the case.

Trooper Paul Butterfield, 43, was the son of a state police officer, a high school cross country champion and a competitive runner at the University of Tennessee.

Eric Knysz's wife, Sarah took a plea deal with prosecutors in exchange for testimony against her husband.

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