DELTA TWP. (WWJ/AP) – A judge has ordered a convict to be tried on murder charges on accusations he used a fake job to get out of jail and then killed an ex-state trooper and his wife.

A court transcript says 38-year-old Christopher Perrien told a judge he worked for a nonexistent company to gain release from the Eaton County Jail.

Perrien is charged with felony murder in the Sept. 22, 2011, shootings of 62-year-old Michael Greene and 46-year-old Terri Greene at their home in Delta Township, near Lansing.

Perrien was out of jail the afternoon of Sept. 22, officials have said. GPS data placed him at the crime scene, court documents show, and Perrien reported back to the jail that evening.

Perrien was charged in the Greene killings in December. After a two-day hearing, a judge ruled Tuesday there’s enough evidence for Perrien to stand trial.

Sheriff Mike Raines has since revised work-release rules, and inmates must provide a pay stub each pay period.

Michael Greene retired in 1998 from the state police. Officials have said the home invasion that left the Greenes dead wasn’t random but they haven’t released specifics.

Investigators believe Perrien was using Michael Greene’s credit cards and mobile phone, according to court documents. Also, Greene’s handguns, state police identification and badges were found in a storage unit Perrien had rented, the documents said.

Perrien faces life in prison if convicted.

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Comments (3)
  1. Lori Post says:

    While I appreciate the coverage of the homicide pretrial of my sister and her husband, I do not like how my sister is being portrayed in the media. She was more than just a “wife”. While it is true that Michael Greene was an ex-trooper, it is also true that Terri Greene was a State of Michigan worker. Her life and work were devoted to the protection of the environment in addition to the many other positive things she did for this world. Somehow, reducing her to “wife” of a state trooper eliminates her humanity and relegates her to some clinical thing.

  2. CopSpeak says:

    I’d like to take a moment and remind everyone that more police officers are convicted of child sex crimes than all other professions combined. It’s law enforcement’s “dirty little secret”, and one we are committed to exposing. Police officers use their positions of trust to violate our children. Their victims are threatened with physical harm and told no one will believe their word over that of a police officer. Please visit our Facebook pages to learn more about this insidious epidemic that is plaguing the entire country.

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