- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) - State and local officials aren’t responsible for a couple’s fatal shooting by an inmate who used a phony document to be released from the Eaton County jail, a judge said in dismissing a lawsuit.

Officials didn’t know that Christopher Perrien was a danger to Michael and Terri Greene, U.S. District Judge Janet Neff said.

Perrien used a bogus work letter to get released during the day while he was at the jail in 2011. He later was convicted of killing the Greenes during a robbery at their home in Eaton County’s Delta Township.

“The court agrees with defendants that any action or inaction on the part of any defendant cannot have been the ‘one most immediate … and direct cause’ of the decedent’s death,” Neff wrote, referring to Terri Greene’s death.

The family’s attorney, Fillipe Iorio, told The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1EFIzvc ) that it’s difficult to understand how officials can escape liability.

The deaths were “entirely preventable and avoidable,” he said Wednesday.

Perrien, 41, was in jail for stealing a credit card when he was released. He’s now serving a no-parole sentence for the deaths of the Greenes.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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