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LUDINGTON, MI (WNEM/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 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 (NIZE) 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.

The shooting happened near Ludington, in Mason County. Investigators say Butterfield stopped a vehicle and then was shot in the head.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City during emergency surgery.

Two hours later, police found the two suspects at a gas station in the town of Wellston. When police approached them, Eric Knysz pointed a gun at the officers.

Police shot Eric Knysz, who was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Eric Knysz faces a homicide charge, murder of a police officer and other felonies. His trial is set to begin Feb. 18 in Mason County Circuit Court.

Butterfield is a 1988 graduate of Bridgeport High School and was a 1987 Class A State Cross Country Champion.

Butterfield had been with the MSP for 14 years and worked at the MSP detachment in Hart. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had recently become engaged to be married.

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