MANISTEE, Mich. (WOOD) - The wife of a man who police say confessed to fatally shooting a Michigan State Police trooper is headed to trial in Manistee County for her alleged involvement in the case.
Sarah Knysz, 20, was in court Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing on the charge of unlawful driving away of a vehicle.
MSP Det. Sgt. Mark Miller testified to what Sarah Knysz told him happened after her husband, 19-year-old Eric Knysz, allegedly shot and killed Trooper Paul Butterfield during a traffic stop on Sept. 9 in Mason County.
"She said they drove from that shooting scene to Eric's mother's house, which is in Lake County ... told her that they needed her help," he said.
Eric Knysz, his wife and his mother then parked the pickup truck he had been driving at the time Butterfield was shot near the home of Timothy Schultz, the owner of the car MSP says the Knyszes stole less than an hour after the shooting.
Schultz told the court he thought Eric Knysz was going to buy the car based on a past conversation.
"I asked him, 'Hey what's going on?' And he just told me, 'I just need to check something out.' And he stepped in the car looked in and dove out the driveway," Schultz said.
It is for that car theft that Sarah Knysz faces charges in Manistee County.
Police say the Knyszes drove that car from Mason County to Manistee County, where MSP caught up with and arrested the couple about two hours after the shooting.
Jack Knysz -- Eric Knysz's father -- sat behind his daughter in-law during the Tuesday hearing.
He said his son had a history of getting in trouble, but drugs took him over the edge.
"He was hurt because he hurt himself. Took drugs, didn't help. Went to the hospital, took more drugs didn't help then bought some on the street," he told Traverse City NBC affiliate WPBN.
He said he knows his son well and drugs changed him.
"Apparently whatever he took it was more than enough lose control. For all we know, drugs could have made him think Trooper Butterfield was the devil," Jack Knysz said.
Sarah Knysz is also facing two charges in Mason County in relation to the shooting, including accessory after the fact and auto theft.
Trial dates have not yet been set for her in either county.
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