Bob Bashara was back back in court Tuesday as testimony continued in his preliminary hearing for his murder charge.
Medical Examiner Dr. Francisco J. Diaz was first up to testify about details on how Jane Bashara died.
He said his report shows she died from strangulation, her windpipe was crushed and she had internal bleeding in her neck from the force.
“This particular case, how long did it take to die? I believe it wasn’t an instantaneous death. She didn’t die right away. It took as long as she didn’t have any more oxygen in her brain … three or four minutes," Diaz said.
He confirmed that her death was ruled a homicide.
Testimony wrapped up about 3:45 p.m. and will resume on Wednesday.
On Monday, Bashara's mother took the stand and the case took a turn when she testified that she handed over a gun belonging to her son to his former attorney, David Griem, shortly after Jane was killed.
The gun could possibly be the one family handyman Joe Gentz says Bashara held to his head while forcing him to kill Jane. But the problem is that the gun stayed locked up in Griem's office until just last week. Griem could now be facing criminal charges.
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Jane Bashara's body was found Jan 24, 2012, in her Mercedes-Benz in a Detroit alley, a few miles from the couple's home in Grosse Pointe Park. Gentz has pleaded guilty to strangling her, saying Bob Bashara commissioned him.
Bashara already is serving up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to hire someone to kill Gentz in jail. He's denied involvement in his wife's death, but still faces a murder charge in connection with her death.
Victim said husband flirted, stayed out, stole
Patricia Matthews said that Jane had complained that her husband flirted with other women, stayed out overnight and stole from her retirement fund in the months before she was strangled.