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Grosse Pointe Murder: Did Bob Bashara Try to Kill Alleged Hit Man?

Kevin Horan/Stone(DETROIT) -- The Detroit man who is a person of interest in his wife’s killing has been arrested for allegedly trying to kill the man whom he allegedly hired to kill his wife.

In an already confusing case, police have charged Bob Bashara with trying to have his former handyman, Joe Gentz, killed from inside a local jail.  Gentz has been behind bars since March and is awaiting trial after confessing to strangling Bashara’s wife, Jane.

“He had no idea why he had been arrested,” David Griem, Bashara’s lawyer, said Monday.  “He was shocked when I told him what the charge was going to be.  I think he believes this was all part of a setup.”

Jane Bashara, a marketing executive, was found strangled in the backseat of her Mercedes in a Detroit alley on Jan. 25, hours after her husband reported her missing.

Attention quickly turned to Bob Bashara, who repeatedly broke down in tears and denied any involvement in his wife’s death.  Gentz told police Bashara offered him money and then forced him at gunpoint to kill his wife in the garage of their home, an accusation he denies.

“I don’t own a firearm,” Bashara told ABC News.  “I absolutely had nothing to do with this.  That is a sick assessment on his part.  It just shows how deranged he is.”

Bashara has said he had nothing to do with his wife’s death and blamed the killing on Gentz, whom he said was angry at Bashara because of a business deal.  Gentz turned himself in to authorities shortly after the discovery of Jane’s body.

Bashara failed a police-administered polygraph test, but passed one arranged by his attorney.  He has also been accused of having a mistress and was linked to a secret S&M club located beneath his bar.

Jane Bashara’s mother, Lorraine Engelbrecht, filed a police report against her son-in-law in May, stating she was in fear of him because she believed his character changed, according to ABC News affiliate WXYZ-TV.  Bashara’s purported mistress, Rachel Gillet, filed a personal protection order, claiming she was afraid for her life as well.

Griem says his client will likely be charged with solicitation to murder a witness and could face life in prison if convicted.  Griem calls these latest accusations bewildering.

“It doesn’t happen to me often,” he said, “but I’m speechless.”

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Grosse Pointe Murder: 'No Way' Father Is Guilty, Daughter Says

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Jessie Bashara, the daughter of the Michigan man who is a person of interest in the death of his wife, believes her father is innocent.

The father and daughter spoke with ABC's Good Morning America Thursday about their theories in the case.

"I just know how my mom felt about him, and the way they looked at each other...all of their disagreements were worked out by talking, communicating.  And they were each other's equals," Jessie Bashara said in the exclusive interview. "There was never any even hint towards violence, or anything like that.  It was completely a loving relationship."

"Without a doubt in my mind, I know that he did not do it," she added.  "There's no way.  No fight ever.  Just -- absolutely not."

Investigators were in and out of the home of Bob Bashara, 54, Wednesday in the affluent community of Grosse Pointe, Mich., looking for evidence in connection with the murder of his wife Jane Bashara, a Detroit marketing executive who was found strangled in the back of her car two weeks ago.

In his first network interview, Bob Bashara, who held hands with his daughter while speaking with Good Morning America, said that he had no reason to kill his wife of 26 years.

"We had a very good, open relationship," he told GMA. "I'm frightened about this. To know that I could spend the rest of my life in jail for a crime I didn't commit is a very scary thing."

An unusual twist in the investigation into Jane Bashara's murder came on the day of the woman's memorial service last week, when Joe Gentz, a 48-year-old man who had done work for Bashara, walked into the Grosse Pointe Park police station and confessed to being Bashara's accomplice in the woman's murder.

Sources said that Gentz's story was reportedly at times shifting and inconsistent as he told police that he was confessing because he feared that the blame for the murder would fall entirely on him.

One story Gentz is reportedly telling police is that Bashara forced him to kill Jane Bashara at gunpoint, saying he would kill Gentz if he didn't kill her.

Bashara maintains that he does not own a firearm and that the allegations are "a sick assessment" that, "shows how deranged he is."   He told GMA that he thinks Gentz is guilty of killing his wife.

"I do believe he's the one that did it. He wanted more money from me. He badgered me. And yes, I do believe he's capable of it," Bashara said.

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Bob Bashara Speaks Out About Wife's Death

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(GROSSE POINTE, Mich.) -- Bob Bashara, the Grosse Pointe, Mich. man at the heart of a murder mystery involving money, marriage, and allegations of a secret sex life is now speaking out 11 days after his wife, Jane, was found murdered.  

The husband of the woman found strangled in her Mercedes Benz in the posh Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe nearly two weeks ago tells the Detroit Free Press that he had nothing to do with his wife's death and called it "a slap in the face" that police have released handyman Joseph Gentz without providing his family special protection as requested by his sister. Bashara told the Free Press that while he is not accusing Gentz of murdering his wife, he has grown "wary."

Gentz, who allegedly told investigators Bob Bashara paid him to kill his wife, was released from police custody on Friday. Bashara denied claims he hired a hit on his wife but did admit to having a money dispute with Gentz over work done on the couple's home.

Bashara also denied various reports that he was having an affair and that there was a sex dungeon in the basement of a bar he owns.

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