Bob Bashara was in court Friday morning for a motion hearing ahead of his trial on a murder charge.
The Grosse Pointe Park man is accused of killing his wife, Jane.
Judge Vonda Evans ruled that the prosecution has to return personal computers, various telephones and hard drives to Bashara's defense team.
Evans said that the back-and-forth between the two sides should have been settled outside of court.
"You can work this out," Evans said. "You need to work in the spirit of cooperation."
The prosecutor said that she can't give the items back until the defense signs off on a forensic evaluation on them. The defense said they have signed the papers for the computer and called the prosecutor's efforts "a stalled tactic."
Evans wants the computers returned to the defense on Friday.
Jane Bashara was found strangled on Jan. 25, 2012, inside her SUV that was parked in a Detroit alley, a few miles from the couple's home.
Joseph Gentz, a handyman who worked for Bob Bashara, has pleaded guilty to killing her, but saying he did so at her husband's behest.
Bob Bashara is already in prison after being convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill Gentz.
Bashara’s trial on the first-degree murder charge is slated to begin in October.