Tyler Stewart, right, appears before Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Biernat Jr. Jan. 22. Stewart, of Clinton Township, is charged in the hit-and-run death of Danielle Labellarte, whose body was found on Jefferson Avenue, north of Shook Road, near the Ruth Motel in Harrison Township Oct. 24.

Tyler Stewart, right, appears before Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Biernat Jr. Jan. 22. Stewart, of Clinton Township, is charged in the hit-and-run death of Danielle Labellarte, whose body was found on Jefferson Avenue, north of Shook Road, near the Ruth Motel in Harrison Township Oct. 24.

Photo by Julie Snyder


Arraignment waived in Harrison Township fatal hit-and-run

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published January 25, 2019

Advertisement

MOUNT CLEMENS/HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The man charged in the October 2018 hit-and-run death of a Warren woman waived his right to an arraignment in Macomb County Circuit Court Jan. 22.

Tyler Stewart, 34, has been in a Macomb County Jail cell since Oct. 24, the day law enforcement officials say he was involved in the death of Danielle Labellarte, 33.

Macomb County Sheriff’s Office officials said Stewart and Labellarte were at the Ruth Motel on Jefferson Avenue, north of Shook Road, in Harrison Township when they got into an argument and left the motel in a vehicle.

“Labellarte attempted to exit the vehicle and was run over,” the report states. “Stewart fled the scene and was arrested the same day.”

The victim’s family later told authorities that Stewart, who is from Clinton Township and had been staying at the motel at the time, was Labellarte’s boss, and the two knew each other for only a few months.

A motorist observed Labellarte’s body at the side of Jefferson Avenue shortly after 5 a.m.

Stewart was arraigned Oct. 26 on charges of manslaughter, driving with a suspended license causing death, and failure to stop at the scene of an at-fault accident. He was given a $500,000 bond.

On Dec. 19, 41-B District Court Judge Carrie Fuca denied a request from Stewart’s attorney, Mariell Lehman, to lower Stewart’s bond after Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Patrick Coletta informed the court of Stewart’s two prior drunken driving convictions, including one that involved a serious injury in 2006, and a prior conviction for driving with a suspended license.

Attorney Josh Jones stood in for Lehman during Stewart’s arraignment in circuit court. While Stewart stood silent, Jones requested to Judge James Biernat Jr. that the arraignment be waived, meaning the defendant acknowledges the charges and is making a not-guilty plea, and a pretrial conference be scheduled.

Biernat awarded the request, and the pretrial conference was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4. The judge also ordered that Stewart’s bond be continued.

Advertisement