Sand Lake Man to Stand Trial in April for Killing of Retired Michigan State Police Detective and Wife

In September of 2011, the bodies of Michael and Terri Greene were found slain in their home in the 7000 block of Eaton Highway in Delta Township. Michael Greene, who was 62 years old, was a retired Michigan State Police detective. His wife Terri was 46 years old. Christopher Perrien, a 39-year-old Sand Lake resident, is charged in the double homicide. He is slated to stand trial for the killings in April.

Perrien was sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison just this past September for unrelated charges of first-degree home invasion. He was also sentenced to nine to 30 years for a conviction on a charge of uttering and publishing.

Perrien was charged with the deaths of Greene and his wife in December of 2011, and waived his arraignment in Eaton County Circuit Court in February. He pleaded not guilty to all charges including first-degree murder, felony murder, and two counts of felony firearm.

Michael Greene’s body was found inside the couple’s home; his wife’s body was found outside in a pond, according to police who say relatives found the bodies. Perrien became a suspect in the homicides five days after they occurred. He had been granted a court-ordered work release and was serving time while on parole when the Greenes were murdered. Eaton County Sheriff Mike Raines said in news reports that while Perrien was on work release, it could never be verified that he actually had a job.

Michigan homicide attorneys know that murder and homicide charges are some of the most serious an individual can face, and the penalties for those convicted severe. It is critical that anyone who is accused of a crime which is considered particularly violent consult with a lawyer; otherwise, your freedom, career, and reputation are at risk.


In Michigan, anyone who is convicted of first-degree murder will face life behind bars; therefore it is urgent that those who have already been arrested or are under investigation speak with an aggressive and capable Michigan criminal defense lawyer immediately.