Opening statements have been made in the Trooper Butterfield murder trial.
Mason County Prosecuting Attorney, Paul Spaniola, outlined the events that occurred the evening of September 9th, for the jury. He told the court Knysz sold five guns, which belonged to his father, to a man in Ludington to pay for a car he planned on purchasing from Tim Schultz, of Walhalla. Spaniola argued that when the Knysz's were pulled over, a couple guns were still in the vehicle... and in fear of being caught, Knsyz shot Butterfield in the head. The prosecution continued to outline the rest of the evening's events and concluded that witness testimonies and evidence provided... will prove his argument that Eric Knysz is guilty of all four charges. Defense Attorney, David Glancy, reminded the jury that his client had no responsibility to prove anything and has a right to remain silent. He told the jury to pay close attention over the next several days because it is the prosecutor's job to prove that Knysz is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and if he fails to do that, the jury must find his client not guilty. Witnesses are expected to start taking the stand today and the trial is scheduled to last until the 28th.