DETROIT - A Detroit-area man who authorities say tried to hire a hit man to kill someone charged with his wife's murder has been denied his lesser bond request.
Last week Bob Bashara asked Wayne County Circuit Judge Bruce Morrow to lower his $15 million cash bond.
Lawyer Mark Kriger argued Bashara is strapped financial and is not a flight risk. "A $15 million bond, your honor, is no different than a $200 million bond or a $1 billion bond. I think the idea is to get a bond that he could conceivably post and at the same time assure he remain in the community and abides by the conditions that this court imposes in the bond," Kriger said last Wednesday.
Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey said Bashara needs to stay jailed base on jailhouse conversations he's been having.
Lindsey says as Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy was announcing charges against him in June, Bashara was on a jail phone ordering someone to evict a tenant of his. That tenant is apparently a key witness in the case and is the person Bashara was working with allegedly to have Joe Gentz killed.
Authorities believe Bashara wanted to rub out handyman Joe Gentz because he feared Gentz would identify him in the death of Jane Bashara.
Jane Bashara of Grosse Pointe Park was found dead in her car in a Detroit neighborhood in January. Gentz is charged with strangling her.
Bob Bashara has pleaded not guilty to a charge of solicitation to commit murder. His trial is due to start on Nov. 12.
Bashara also says he had no role in his wife's death.
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