Manistee, Mich. (WZZM) Eric Knysz, the 19 year old accused of shooting and killing Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, waived his preliminary hearing Monday in Manistee County.
The Manistee County charges against Knysz include transporting a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon,assault with a dangerous weapon, and unlawfully driving away in an automobile.
Prosecutors say the crimes all happened in Dublin on the night of Trooper Butterfield's death.
Eric Knysz limped in court Monday needing crutches to walk and stand during the short hearing. Knysz was shot in the knee by police just prior to his arrest. He and his attorney waived a preliminary hearing. It would have required prosecutors provide evidence to the crimes charged.
The main charges against Knysz will come in Mason County where he is charged with the murder of a police officer, felony firearms, carrying a concealed weapon, and auto theft. He has already waived his right to a preliminary hearing on those charges.
Now that both hearings are over, the next court appearance will likely be the start of his trial in several weeks.