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Friday
Jun292012

Grosse Pointe Husband Held on $15M Bond for Allegedly Ordering Hit

Hemera/Thinkstock(GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich.) -- Bob Bashara, the Michigan man whose wife was found strangled to death in January, was ordered held in jail on $15 million bond Wednesday for allegedly arranging a hit on the handyman who confessed to killing his wife.

Prosecutors painted a portrait of Bashara, 54, of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., as a man who is "unraveling" and a "substantial danger to the community."  They claimed he began "yelling and ranting" to his mother-in-law during a phone call last month and also led his longtime girlfriend, Rachel Gillett, into hiding out of fear for her safety.

Bashara was arrested on Monday after investigators said they had video and audio of Bashara attempting a hit on his former handyman, Joe Gentz, who confessed to killing Bashara's wife, Jane.

Bashara allegedly tried to make a deal with an employee at Gentz's furniture store to kill the man, paying $2,000 for the hit and even signing a receipt, sources told ABC News.

Prosecutors on Wednesday alleged that Bashara also tried to hire at least one other person to commit the murder and that two other people, including Gillett, who obtained a restraining order against him in May, may also have been on his target list.

Gillett's attorney, Doraid Elder, said after Bashara's arrest Monday that her client was "very afraid" and worried that she might be Bashara's next target after his arrest.

Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey said in court on Wednesday that Bashara threatened tenants of a rental property he owns that he'd "throw them out of the mother-bleeping complex if they dared to talk to police" and that Grosse Pointe Park police saw him digging through Gillett's trash after she filed the personal protection order against Bashara.

Bashara's wife, Jane, 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 her husband, who repeatedly broke down in tears and denied any involvement in his wife's death.

Gentz turned himself in to authorities shortly after the discovery of Jane's body.  He has been behind bars since March and is awaiting trial.

On Wednesday, Lindsey indicated that Bashara remains a "person of interest" in his wife's death.

Bashara's attorney, David Griem, responded to his client's arrest by saying he was framed.

"We think we have figured out who that person is who set him up," Griem said.

"Police wanted a warrant," Griem added after Wednesday's hearing.  "They could not get a warrant on Bob Bashara regarding the death of Jane Bashara but they found another way to get a warrant."

The charge of solicitation of murder carries a penalty of up to life in prison.  Bashara's next court appearance has been scheduled for July 24.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jun272012

Grosse Pointe Husband Allegedly Caught on Tape Ordering Hit

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Investigators say they have video and audio of Bob Bashara attempting a hit on his former handyman, Joe Gentz, who confessed to killing Bashara's wife, Jane.

An informant worked with police in a sting operation and Bashara, 54, allegedly paid $2,000 for the hit, even signing a receipt, sources told ABC News.

But Bashara's attorney said his client was framed.

"We think we have figured out who that person is who set him up," David Griem said.

Meanwhile, Rachel Gillett, who says she was once Bashara's mistress, has gone into hiding. Gillett's attorney, Doraid Elder, said her client is "very afraid" and worried that she might be Bashara's next alleged target after his arrest.

"She was happy that he was in jail but mortified when she found out why he was in jail," Elder said.

It all began in January when Jane Bashara, a marketing executive, was found strangled in the backseat of her Mercedes in a Detroit alley, 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.

"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," Bashara told ABC News in an interview after his wife's murder.  "We had a good relationship.  We cared for each other."

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 said.  "I absolutely had nothing to do with this.  That is a sick assessment on his part.  It just shows how deranged he is."

Gentz turned himself in to authorities shortly after the discovery of Jane's body.

Bob 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.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jun262012

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.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Feb052012

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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