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Posted on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 11:01 a.m.

Police: Husband held after death of 53-year-old woman in Pittsfield Township

By Cindy Heflin


A 53-year-old woman was found dead in Pittsfield Township Friday.

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This article has been updated: Pittsfield Township man charged with murdering his wife

Police have taken into custody the husband of a 53-year-old woman who was found dead in Pittsfield Township Friday.

Pittsfield Township Police went to the 4700 block of Hickory Pointe Boulevard about 4:45 p.m. Friday after being asked to check on the welfare of the woman, who has been identified as Katherine Porter, police said in a media release. Porter was dead inside the home, and her 44-year-old husband was taken into custody, police said in a media release.

All indications are that’s it’s a domestic related homicide," Pittsfield Township Public Safety Director Matthew Harshberger said.

He said he could not immediately say who asked police to check on the woman’s welfare.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, is being held at the Washtenaw County Jail, pending a review of possible charges from the prosecutor's office. Detectives are still investigating.

Police have not said how the woman died.

The multi-story homes that line Hickory Pointe Boulevard were bustling with families coming and going Saturday afternoon.

Some neighbors who spoke to said they heard what sounded like gunshots Thursday night. A man who lives on Hickory Pointe Boulevard said his wife told him she heard the noises. The man, who didn't want to be named, also said people came and went frequently at the home.

A boy who lives in the neighborhood said the gunshot-like sounds woke him up about 10:15 p.m. Thursday.

Neighbors said they saw nothing out of the ordinary Friday except for police investigating at one house on the street.

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Cindy Heflin is associate news director at Contact her at or 734-623-2572 or follow her on Twitter.

Kyle Feldscher contributed to this report.


ms 2013

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 7:08 p.m.

why did he kill his wife i really want to know


Wed, Jun 19, 2013 : 3:09 a.m.

Nikki, by his own words, "I stabbed her with two different knives until she was dead." Sometimes it is hard for people to accept what they don't want to see.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 8:09 a.m.

So, please give us a viable alternate explanation.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:49 a.m.

he didnt and music your horrible

music to my ear

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 12:24 a.m.



Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 3:30 p.m.

Well said "music" .... so, so sad. Thoughts and prayers to all the families involved.


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 11:07 p.m.

RIP to the victim of this horrible crime.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 8:13 a.m.

He wasn't brutally murdered so why would he need to RIP? Who said they don't care about JP? Why is he charged with open murder and why are you convinced he is innocent?


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:48 a.m.

what about him?! why does no one care about the innocent man being charged here


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 10:40 p.m.

Golly. Happening more and more. it's so senseless and sad.


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 10:40 p.m.

The neighborhood is in Pittsfield Twp., goes to Ann Arbor Schools, and has an Ypsilanti mailing address. The location is unimportant, however - domestic violence and domestic disputes can happen in any zip code, unfortunately.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 7:50 a.m.

Nikki, it has to do with previously deleted comments and is very relevent. Your comments upset me because Kathie's death has been very hard for me and I don't understand them. I know you are having a hard time with this though and I somewhat understand that. It is a shocking thing that has affected many. My issue is that my loved one is gone, and is never coming back because of whomever did this. The person you are concerned about has been arrested and charged with open murder against her, not manslaughter. So, if there is the slim chance he didn't do this, he deserves great sympathy and apologies, from me especially. He lost a loved one in a horrific way and it is good that the husband she cared for didnt do this to her. But, the chance is slim.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:47 a.m.

pointless comment

Mi resident

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 9:18 p.m.

Very sad. It happens in the blink of an eye.. rage gone to far and a life lost. I am praying for the families.


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 7:51 p.m.

Kathie was such an incredible, wonderful person. She will be dearly missed by many.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 4 p.m.

That isn't to say that the person who did this shouldntbe shown any kind of forgiveness or compassion but they need to be held responsible for what they did. Unless it was self defense and she had to be dead, stabbed multiple times and no help called for, they committed one of the worst crimes a person can against another human being.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 7:26 a.m.

Right, she was stabbed, repeatedly, not shot. I will hear no defense of her murderer. Whoever he was and whatever kind of person he was. Her husband was charged with open murder, not manslaughter, right? It it wasn't her husband, I will eat any words I said against him. It would So be worth it.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:46 a.m.

she was stabbed not shot and he isnt that kind of person

music to my ear

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 5:36 p.m.

have you known she was dealing with domestic violence. I cant believe this was her first and last encounter with the alleged shooter?

music to my ear

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 7:45 p.m.

I always think why does it have to come to this,walk out the door, so many lives ruin.sorry to the family of the murder victim,she will be at peace,


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:45 a.m.

well they did file for divorce and then dropped it to work it out

Craig Lounsbury

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 9:43 p.m.

well stated.