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Posted on Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 11 a.m.

Man accused in fatal stabbing of wife returns to court next month

By Kyle Feldscher

The man accused of stabbing his wife to death in their Pittsfield Township home will return to court next month after his pretrial hearing was adjourned last week.


Jean-Pierre Trias

Courtesy of the WCSO

Jean-Pierre Trias, 44, is charged with one count of open murder for allegedly stabbing 53-year-old Katherine Porter to death in January. He was scheduled to be in court on April 16 for a pretrial hearing, but court records show the hearing was adjourned to 1:30 p.m. May 7 after a stipulation was filed on April 15.

Officials testified at a preliminary exam in March revealed Trias stabbed Porter with two different knives and left her body in a bathroom at their home in the 4700 block of Hickory Pointe Boulevard. There were bruises, superficial cuts and three or four injuries appearing to be bite marks on Porter’s body, according to a Washtenaw County Medical Examiner’s Office official.

It’s not clear how many times Porter was stabbed but the cause of death was ruled to be multiple stab wounds.

Pierre is a former employee of Eastern Michigan University, 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.

Porter worked for 13 years at Advantage Computing Systems as a senior systems analyst. The two were married since August 1995.

Trias is being held in the Washtenaw County Jail without bond while the case proceeds toward trial. He faces a lifetime in prison, if convicted.

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



Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 2:22 p.m.

. . . . a picture paints a thousand words.

Jon Wax

Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 5:56 p.m.

how come whenever you post something positive about Pfield you manage to put a bunch of "keyword tags" on the article at the end but when you have to write a story about a negative aspect of Pfiield, you guys manage to leave the "keyword tags" off the article? just curious. Peace Wax