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Posted on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 11:35 a.m.

Former EMU employee accused of stabbing wife to death returns to court next month

By Kyle Feldscher

The former Eastern Michigan University employee accused of stabbing his wife to death in their Pittsfield Township home will return to court for a preliminary exam next month.


Jean-Pierre Trias

Courtesy of the WCSO

Jean-Pierre Trias, 44, is charged with one count of open murder for allegedly killing Katherine Porter, 53, earlier this month. According to police, Trias stabbed Porter multiple times. She was discovered dead in the couple’s home in the 4700 block of Hickory Pointe Boulevard on the afternoon of Jan. 11 after police were called to check on Porter.

Trias was in the 14A-1 District Court in Pittsfield Township Tuesday morning for a preliminary exam. However, that hearing was adjourned until 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19, when testimony in the case is expected.

Trias is being held in the Washtenaw County Jail without bond. If convicted, he faces a maximum of life in prison.

He is a former part-time lecturer/adjunct faculty member at EMU, where he worked from September 2003 until Dec. 31 in the mathematics department. He taught off and on, depending on the semester, according to EMU officials. He also held a part-time position as a coordinator of math tutoring and testing services and was a graduate assistant.


Katherine Porter

File photo

Porter worked for 13 years at Advantage Computing Systems as a senior systems analyst. A local memorial service was held for her in Ypsilanti on Saturday and her funeral will be held in her hometown of Canton, Conn., on Jan. 26, according to her obituary.

Police have not said whether there was a history of domestic violence between Trias and Porter, who had been married since August 1995, according to court records. In Nov. 2010, Trias filed for divorce but the couple reconciled soon after and the case was dismissed at their request.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 7:57 p.m.

The Body-Soul Dichotomy : A few years ago, my son worked as a student tutor in the Maths Department of EMU. My son had undergone back surgery following severe spinal injury and was treated at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital. Mr. JP paid a visit to him in the Hospital, and assured him with words of comfort. It was a simple act of kindness and it gave my son to view the spiritual feeling, and thought expressed in that action. The actions of man that are violent, and harmful are the consequence of man's estrangement or alienation from his own true, or real human nature. It is sad to know about this transformation of a gentle, and kind person.


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 1:40 a.m.


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 12:31 a.m.

Yes, all of us who know the family are shocked. No one could have foreseen this. It's generally regarded that he could never hurt a fly, so something horrible really must have happened here for any of this to happen.

Kyle Feldscher

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 1:15 p.m.

I'm not sure if anyone was wondering, but in court yesterday the facial injuries seen in Jean-Pierre's mugshot had healed and were no longer visible.