Mother of suspect in trooper killing faces charges

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LUDINGTON, Mich. 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 being an 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.

Defense lawyer Douglas Stevenson says he met Tuesday with Spofford but can't discuss the case because he just got it.

Eric Knysz awaits trial on charges of murdering 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.

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