Vincent Vuichard stands prior to his preliminary examination in the Oakland County 52-1 District Court in Novi Dec. 14. Vuichard is charged with homicide-open murder for allegedly killing his wife in May.

Vincent Vuichard stands prior to his preliminary examination in the Oakland County 52-1 District Court in Novi Dec. 14. Vuichard is charged with homicide-open murder for allegedly killing his wife in May.

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Husband bound over on open murder charge in killing of Novi schools employee

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published December 15, 2021

 Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy John Jacobs testifies during the preliminary exam for Vincent Vuichard Dec. 14 in the 52-1 District Court.

Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy John Jacobs testifies during the preliminary exam for Vincent Vuichard Dec. 14 in the 52-1 District Court.

 Oakland County 52-1 District Court Judge Robert Bondy presides over the exam for Vincent Vuichard Dec. 14.

Oakland County 52-1 District Court Judge Robert Bondy presides over the exam for Vincent Vuichard Dec. 14.

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Before Tatiana Vuichard, a Novi Community School District employee, was killed, school district employees recalled seeing her husband, Vincent Vuichard, driving past the school and parking in the lot across the street almost every day.

“(Tatiana) would arrive at work and very shortly after we would see him driving up and down Taft (Road) slowly, or he would park across the street at the church and watch our building,” said Anne Hansen, the Novi Community School District’s director of early childhood and community services.

When Tatiana Vuichard, 59, didn’t show up for work the morning of May 17, Hansen said she grew concerned.

“(Tatiana) does not miss work,” Hansen said while testifying in 52-1 District Court Dec. 14 during the preliminary exam for Vincent Vuichard, who is charged with open murder in his wife's death. “She took her job very seriously.”

Hansen and the program’s assistant director drove to Tatiana Vuichard’s address. While on the way, they notified local law enforcement and requested a welfare check, and they notified Tatiana Vuichard’s daughter, who had a key to the residence.

At the Commerce Township address, they waited until several law enforcement officers arrived before knocking on the door. The shades were drawn and the lights were off.

A while after Hansen and several Oakland County Sheriff’s Office deputies knocked on the doors and windows, a man identified as Vincent Vuichard came to the door.

“It was an odd situation,” Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy John Jacobs testified Dec. 14. “The whole thing was odd.”

Jacobs said he noticed several scratches on Vincent Vuichard’s face. When asked about the scratches, Vincent Vuichard said he and his wife “got into it last night,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs, along with another deputy, gained entry into the residence. Jacobs sat Vincent Vuichard down in a chair in the living room while the other deputy investigated the rest of the residence.

After a brief investigation, the other deputy returned to the living room, where he asked Vincent Vuichard what was wrapped up in a red carpet on the floor of the bathroom.

“The defendant said, ‘That’s my wife,’” Jacobs said.

At this point, Jacobs said, he placed Vincent Vuichard in handcuffs and moved him into the dining room. Because he was wearing gloves, Jacobs then went to the bathroom to investigate.

“It was very small, tightly wrapped in this red blanket. … It wasn’t a long, stretched-out body, this was literally a bundle, a very small bundle,” Jacobs said.

When Jacobs attempted to remove the body, the blanket was tightly wrapped, he said. After pulling hard he was able to remove it. Underneath the blanket was a series of trash bags.

Jacobs opened the bags to find the body of a female. He checked the body for a pulse but was unable to find one.

Patrick Cho, a contract medical examiner working for Oakland County, said both carotid arteries, her trachea and her left jugular had been severed.

Cho said the cause of her death was slashing wounds on her neck. The manner of death was a homicide, Cho said. With these types of wounds, Cho said, the victim would be expected to live for less than a minute due to blood loss and lack of oxygen to the brain.

In addition to the wound on the neck, Cho also found injuries to Tatiana Vuichard’s hands, head and shoulders. The wounds on her hands appeared to be defensive wounds, Cho said.

Vincent Vuichard was bound over to the Oakland County Circuit Court by 52-1 District Court Judge Robert Bondy on the charge of homicide-open murder. Vincent Vuichard will continue to be lodged in the Oakland County Jail without bond.

Judith Gracey, Vincent Vuichard’s attorney, declined to comment.

Contact Brian Wells at (586) 498-1081, (248) 291-7637 or bwells@candgnews.com.

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