Trooper murder suspect’s mom rejects deal

Tammi Spofford, who's charged with accessory after the fact to murder and unlawfully driving away of an automobile in connection to Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield’s murder, at a preliminary hearing she waived. (Dec. 11, 2013)
Tammi Spofford, who's charged with accessory after the fact to murder and unlawfully driving away of an automobile in connection to Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield’s murder, at a preliminary hearing she waived. (Dec. 11, 2013)

LUDINGTON, Mich. (WOOD) — The mother of the man who allegedly shot and killed Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield is scheduled to go to trial.

Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield. (Undated courtesy photo)
Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield. (Undated courtesy photo)

Tuesday, Tammi Lyne Spofford rejected a plea offer in Mason County Circuit Court.

Spofford was charged in November 2013 with one count of accessory after the fact to murder and unlawfully driving away of an automobile in connection to Butterfield’s murder.

Spofford’s son, Eric Knysz, is accused of murdering Butterfield in September during a routine traffic stop east of Ludington in rural Mason County.

Sarah Knysz, his wife, was sentenced in December for her involvement. She entered into a plea deal in early November and testified that after Butterfield was shot, she and her husband went to Spofford’s house and told her what happened.

After that, Sarah Knysz said all three went to steal a car that the young couple used to get away.

Eric and Sarah Knysz in a Manistee County courtroom for separate preliminary hearings. (Oct. 7, 2013)
Eric and Sarah Knysz in a Manistee County courtroom for separate preliminary hearings. (Oct. 7, 2013)

Eric and Sarah Knysz were captured in Manistee County later that night.

Spofford told 24 Hour News 8 before her arrest that she was not with her son that night.

She is scheduled to go on trial May 21 through May 23.