Christopher Perrien, 38, of Sand Lake, charged in the double homicide of a Delta Township couple, waived his arraignment in Eaton County Circuit Court last week.
He pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Michael Greene, 62, and felony murder, in the death of Michael’s wife, Terri, 46. He also pled not guilty to two counts of felony firearm.
According to Eaton County Sheriff Mike Raines, Perrien became a suspect on September 27, within 5 days after the couple was found shot at their home. He reportedly became a suspect after policed discovered someone was using the victim’s cell phone and credit cards, and surveillance tracked the transactions back to Perrien. Evidence was also reportedly found in his storage unit.
Perrien allegedly committed the murders while out on work release. He was convicted and sentenced on a property crime on September 1 in Eaton County, and was granted work release by the court, despite a long criminal history.
“Perrien was assigned a probation/parole agent but his actual employment was never verified,” explained Sheriff Raines. “Our investigation determined he was on work release without actually having a job.”
Greene was a retired state police detective, and Perrien reportedly took Greene’s badge and police ID.
Some have wondered whether Perrien could also be tied to the murders in November 2010 of a Pierson couple with similar names, Michael and Kathy Greene. A sketch of a man seen in the area matches what Perrien looks like, and no suspect has been arrested in that case.