Mother of Suspect In Trooper Killing Faces Charges

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) -- The mother of a man accused of fatally shooting a Michigan state trooper has been charged with helping her son steal a car to flee.

The Ludington Daily News and The Muskegon Chronicle report 50-year-old Tammi Lynne Spofford appeared in a Mason County courtroom on charges of accessory after the fact to Trooper Paul Butterfield's killing and auto theft.

Both carry up to five years in prison. Her next hearing is Nov. 27.
The Associated Press left telephone and email messages seeking comment from defense lawyer Douglas Stevenson.

Eric Knysz (NIZE) awaits trial on charges of murder of a peace officer. Authorities say he shot Butterfield during a traffic stop Sept. 9 in Mason County.

Knysz's wife earlier pleaded guilty to being an accessory in the killing.

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