Bob Bashara Arrested for Conspiracy to Murder Witness

Grosse Pointe Park Director of Public Safety David Hiller told Grosse Pointe Patch on Monday that Bob Bashara was arrested Monday. He is accused of conspiracy to murder an unidentified witness.

The widower of , Bob Bashara, has been arrested. Details of his arrest were sparse as of Monday night, but the arrest happened about 6 p.m. outside a building in the 15400 block of Mack Avenue that he owns, his attorney David Griem said.

Public Safety Director David Hiller confirmed the arrest to Patch on Monday but declined to release more details. 

Media is swarming the Grosse Pointe Park municipal building following Bashara's arrest. He was transferred to Wayne County Jail shortly before 8 p.m. from Grosse Pointe Park's lockup, Griem said.

Outside the Park municipal building, Griem told Patch that Bashara has been charged with conspiracy to murder a witness. He said the witness is not identified in the official charging paperwork. 

Griem said he was upset that a promise by police and prosecutors to inform him of an arrest prior to it happening was not kept. He called it a "gentleman's understanding" agreed to in exchange for Bashara's cooperation—.

Griem also described the charge as far-fetched, especially if the witness Bashara is accused of conspiring to murder is Joe Gentz, he said, pointing out he is the handyman facing murder charges in Jane Bashara's death.

"Who in their right mind would arrange a hit inside a prison," Griem said, adding he believes it is clear that Gentz is bargaining with authorities who will do anything to get Bob Bashara.

Bashara's Lincoln Navigator was impounded by police during his arrest Monday. His mother, Nancy Bashara, tried to get into it at the police station but was stopped by officers and then interviewed by a television reporter, according to witnesses.

Griem and Bashara's co-council Christina Utley were scheduled to have a meeting Tuesday with investigating officials to discuss other "potential suspects." He said Monday night that meeting will likely be canceled.

Spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Maria Miller, declined comment via email late Monday. Hiller said there will be a press conference Tuesday with more information.

in his wife's January strangulation death in the days after her body was discovered and the investigation began. She would have turned 57 on Friday.

Thus far Joe Gentz, a handyman who worked briefly for Bob Bashara doing repair work on rental properties, is the only person charged in Jane Bashara's death. He is facing , both of which carry life sentences. 

to determine whether he is able to stand trial in the case. He is expected back in 36th District Court in mid-July.

Neighbors and friends on Middlesex, where the Basharas lived and raised their children, came out to talk about the arrest Monday. Many said they had been waiting for the arrest. Traffic on the street was busy, most likely, neighbors said, from gawkers hearing about the arrest and driving by Bashara's house.

Within view from of his home are lawn signs that read .

The signs have been going up in lawns across the Pointes as friends—even some strangers—grew frustrated that the person they believe was involved in Jane's death was going on with life, showing up regularly to Grosse Pointe Park Little League games at .

Bashara was a leader in the league for years and was behind the founding of the concession stand. He also had been seen at the and was asked to leave, and neighbors on Middlesex say it was typical to see him driving down the road, windows down, music blaring.

Stay with Grosse Pointe Patch for more updates.

John Hetzler and Sara Eaton Martin of Patch contributed to this story.

This article was updated with additional information from the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office at 8:24 p.m. Monday June 25, 2012. This article was updated with more additional information regarding Bashara's arrest at 9:22 p.m. Monday June 25, 2012.

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Nomad Rev K June 26, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Once again... people being judged guilty even before an arrest. What ever happened to the whole "innocent until found guilty" that is our right. Don't people understand that all the media, hype, etc. sometimes destroys the very fabric of our justice system? But OH NO... We want to see every little juicy tale of the dirty laundry... Justice for Jane will only be served when the facts convince a jury beyond a shadow of a doubt the killer (whoever it is) is guilty. Police cannot arrest and/or charge crimes without substantial evidence. Don't taint the evidence and respect the process.
Pete Waldmeir, GP Woods June 26, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Interesting development. Arranging to hire an inmate inside a jail to kill another inmate is relatively easy. You find a third party outside the jail (who may or may not be wired by the cops) and cut a deal with that Matchmaker to hire someone inside the jail to do the deed. That way, you don't have any sticky, smelly blood on your own hands. The outside hired third party does the contracting, collects the money etc.on behalf of the inmate prisoner/killer. Problem is, which alleged conspirator is more gullible - and dumber? The alleged hiring party (Bashara?), the outside Matchmaker or the prospective hired inmate killer?
Mark June 27, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Hey Nomad in this country we also have freedom of speech. That means people are free to voice their opinion. Guess what your also reading the comment section which almost exclusively contains people's opinions so if you don't like it then don't read it.
Denise June 27, 2012 at 06:28 AM
I thought the charge was "solicitation" to murder witness, not "conspiracy"?
Americkan June 27, 2012 at 03:45 PM
This whole business of murder just reinforces my opinion about how ignorant people can be. In todays world one has to be absolutely nuts beyond any reason to commit or solicit this act. Thirty year old cold cases are being solved and yet someone always feels they can get away with it.


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