UPDATE: Officials Say Eaton County Double Homicide Was 'Preventable'

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

CHARLOTTE -- A suspect has been arraigned in the double murder of a Delta Township couple this past Sep. 22.

He is identified as 38-year-old Christopher Allen Perrien of Sand Lake, charged with four counts -- two of felony murder, two of felony firearm possession.

Perrien, who has an extensive non-violent criminal history (mostly financial fraud) was arraigned Thursday at the Eaton County Courthouse.

Michael Greene, a retired Michigan State Police detective and his wife Terri, an employee at the Department of Environmental Quality, were found dead in their Delta Township home.

Officials declined to say whether or not Perrien knew Michael Greene, nor have they released details of how the couple was killed.

Perrien was on a court-ordered work release from the Eaton County Jail when the murders occurred. But an investigation afterwards showed Perrien didn't have a job, according to Sheriff Michael Raines.

State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, told News 10 on Thursday he plans to revamp the work release program.

"I want to mandate that every work-release inmate that goes out of the jail has a tether on with GPS," Jones said. "That'll deter any kind of crime, but certainly this type of crime."

He's also calling, in light of Perrien's alleged ability to slip through the cracks, for closer monitoring of a work releaser's employment.

In Eaton County, the sheriff is taking preemptive action, requiring all work-release inmates to wear a GPS ankle tether, paid for by the inmate. He also proactively revoked the work release of several inmates and will now require work releasers to provide an original pay stub each period to jail staff.

Perrien will be back in court Jan. 5 for his preliminary examination. Bond has been denied, and he'll be issued a public defender.


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  • by J. MORIN Location: LANSING on Jan 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM
    Mike and Terri would be alive today if it weren't for Judge Eveland. His irresponsible action of not listening to the reccomendations of the probation office makes him a guilty as Perrien
  • by Rholinken1 Location: Michigan on Dec 22, 2011 at 02:55 PM
    Don't court ordered work releases first, require an EMPLOYER? Second, who ensures employer's LEGItIMACY? If ALL inmates on work release are GPS-tethered as Jones stated, did Perrien even HAVE a tether because the local news didn't state this. This couple were dear friends; we have been kept in the dark for obvious reasons, but, how did this guy get to Mike & Teri's? Did he drive or was he transported? Who drove him? Who picked him up? Who ensured the legitimacy of the employer? Did he know the Greene's? I understand there are many unanswered questions but, IF this unspeakable, horrendoous crime was in fact, PREVENTABLE(?) this tells me he may NOT have been tethered, may not have been monitored, and God help us all, his "employer" went "unverified". WHO'S responsiblity was it, to ensure this "felon" was monitored? They died too early; left children without parents; left parents grieving; left friends who treasured them; left too many unanswered questions.
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      by fb user on Dec 23, 2011 at 11:46 AM in reply to Rholinken1
      I agree with you, I can tell you no he was not on tether and the person responsible for writing the letter stating she was a "human resource manager" was his ex girlfriend who works at JCpennys in the photograph studio and works as a lunch aid at Waverly Middle School, Her name is Crystal Gonzalez and I hope that she is held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 at 03:53 PM in reply to fb user
        She now goes by Crystal Starling aka Crystal Gonzales
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          by Anonymous on May 17, 2012 at 08:45 PM in reply to
          she no longer works at JCP or waverly middle school. Married name was Crystal sparling. She is now divorced.
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