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Prosecutor: Bob Bashara Paid to Have Gentz Killed

Bob Bashara faces a single charge of solicitation of murder, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Wednesday in a press conference that drew dozens of media outlets to downtown Detroit.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday that will be arraigned in 36th District Court at 1 p.m. today on a single count of solicitation to murder Joe Gentz before .

police and he has remained in the Wayne County Jail since.

Worthy said during the investigation of , investigators came to learn that Bashara wanted to have Gentz killed in the Wayne County Jail. He discussed as much with a person whom Worthy declined to identify but said was not a law enforcement official.

Additionally, Bashara "made at least one payment" in exchange for the murder of Gentz, Worthy said. She declined to say whether the conversations and exchange of money were recorded in some manner.

. He has told investigators that he killed her at the direction of Bob Bashara.

Her death gained attention of the national media outlets, who often camped outside their home on Middlesex in the early weeks following her death. . .

If convicted, Bob Bashara faces up to life in prison for the offense. Worthy said Bashara's crime happened between June 8 to 25. She also said Bashara "became more anxious" as the second hearing for Gentz drew closer.

This is close in time to when Gentz had to appear in court for his competency hearing, in which prosecutor's revealed he was found competent to stand trial. He is undergoing a second evaluation per the request of his attorney and is scheduled to return to court July 23.

Precautions to ensure the safety of Gentz have been made by lockup officials, Worthy said, noting this was done as soon as investigators became aware of the potential threat.

The investigation into Jane Bashara's homicide continues, she said, and officials will not rush the process. "We only get one time."

At his arraignment this afternoon, Worthy said the prosecutors handling the case will seek a high amount for the bond.

Worthy declined comment about whether Bob Bashara would be charged in Jane Bashara's death Wednesday, saying again the investigation continues. It was important to take swift action in the solicitation case to protect witnessees, Worthy said, declining to say whether any others were being targeted by Bashara.

During the press conference, Worthy had more than a dozen people standing with her at the podium. She had them introduce themselves. They included representatives from the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, the Detroit Police Department Homicide Division, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Grosse Pointe Park Director of Public Safety David Hiller, Michigan State Police, others from the Prosecutor's Office and the Detroit Office of the FBI.

Worthy also encouraged anyone with information in Jane Bashara's homicide to call her office's criminal investigation bureau at 313-967-6120.

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Mark June 27, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Hey Frapples I happen to be a very impatient person. He's going to go to prison for attempting to murder Gentz and hopefully get that tied into conspiracy to murder his wife so I would really love to see the process move along at faster clip. Also luckily for me I'm not a judge so I don't have to presume anyone is innocent so he certainly doesn't want me selected for his jury pool. I'm also a big believer that when you compromise your morals in one area of life you're more inclined to compromise them again in another area. Imagine it as a sliding scale where you think to yourself "gee this one time I'm going to go against my morals and do this." Then the next time you think "well I already did that one thing so is this that much worse?" It becomes a slippery slope from there. Where once you were eating grapes in the produce aisle at Kroger you now find yourself punching old ladies and stealing their purses while setting fire to elementary schools. I've seen it a hundred times.
joseph bernert June 27, 2012 at 09:03 PM
if joe gentz has IQ of 67, bob bashara should also be charged with abuse of a handicapped person....also, someone give bob frapples a hankie so he can cry for big bobb....how about a tear or two for jane and her family...
Bob Frapples June 27, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Huh? I'd appreciate not having my name tied to him on this town. I never said I was a supporter of that clown, I just believe in letting the court take it's time to do the job properly and not rush through it just because everyone thinks he's obviously guilty of something. I said in my last remark that I agree in that it looks like he's ears deep in this thing but let the trial handle it. Looking guilty and being guilty are very different things that's why there are trials, lawyers, witnesses, judges and juries.
joseph bernert June 28, 2012 at 02:09 AM
that may have been a bit harsh...you seem to be a reasonable man....by the way...if big bobb and pleasant jane were in an "open marriage"...by did big bobb call the police to report her missing after just a few hours???...was big bobb the only one allowed to spend time with friends and lovers outside the home....please explain that mr. attorney griem....please....please....ooopps....you can't......
uaau July 24, 2012 at 08:09 PM
In today's hearing it was stated that Bob approached Steve the appliance store owner last Fall or Summer about having one of his tenants "taken care of". Later, in February, he is back pounding on the back door of Steve's Appliance store; reportedly trying to have Joe Gentz " taken care of". My question is: Why would Bashara expect that Steve could make such arrangements? Is Steve like the Don Corleone / Godfather of Mack Avenue?

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