On Friday, Stephen Grant met with his new attorney, Stephen Rabuat, whose first order of business was filing a gag order.
Rabaut wants a judge to order police and prosecutors not to comment on the case. A judge will make a decision on Monday.
Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel joked with reporters on Friday that he might be speaking his last words on the case.
Hackel said Grant is adjusting to life in the Macomb County Jail.
"He has been very cordial; he has not given our officers any problems," Hackel said. "He's just been very subdued."
Hackel added Grant is under 24-hour observation.
Judge Appoints Grant New Attorney
Grant, who has been at the Macomb County Jail since March 5, met his new attorney, Rabaut, who has covered several high-profile cases.
He was appointed by Macomb County Circuit Chief Judge Antonio Viviano after David Griem, a Detroit lawyer who had acted as Grant's spokesman, said Sunday he no longer would represent Grant because of irreconcilable differences. Grant was without an attorney at the arraignment.
"I will represent Mr. Grant ethically, professionally, and protect his rights," Rabaut told Local 4's Kevin Dietz. "Beyond that, I have no statement for the media."
Usually the judge selects a lawyer from a list of names who qualify to handle murder cases, but in this case, a judge handpicked Rabant, Local 4 reported.
Viviano said in a statement that he chose Rabaut because of his extensive background with high-profile criminal cases and a "proven ability to handle potential distractions while providing the best possible counsel."
The Macomb County Bar Association said it is not happy with the way Grant's attorney was chosen.
"We are severely disappointed that the procedure laid out in the courts own administrative order of Sept. 25, 2006, was not followed in this case," Macomb County Bar Association President Elect William Staugaard said. "The 22 Macomb County Bar Association attorneys who have been screened, selected, and currently serve on the court-appointed A-list are all highly qualified and capable of handling a high-profile case."
Grant Charged With Premeditated Murder
The courtroom was still as Grant was wheeled in for his arraignment on Tuesday.
As the family of Tara Lynn Grant sat in the front row, honorable Judge Denis LeDuc read Grant his rights and then his charges.
"I want to advise you that you are charged with count one homicide, murder in the first degree that is premeditated, that you did deliberately, with the intent to kill and with premeditation, kill and murder Tara Grant," said LeDuc.
"(You are) also charged with count two disinterment and/or mutilation of a dead body, that of Tara Grant," he added.
The charge of count one homicide in the first degree is punishable by life in prison. The charge of disinterment and dismemberment is punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a $5,000 fine or both.
Because Grant did not have representation, the judge entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith asked the court to hold Grant in the Macomb County Jail without bond.
"Given the extreme seriousness of the charges, nature of the allegations here and the nature of the alleged flight, I'm going to order you (Grant) held without bond," LeDuc announced.
A preliminary examination is scheduled for March 20 at 1:30 p.m.
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