Murder charges announced against Bob Bashara in connection with wife's death

Bashara accused of encouraging witnesses to lie during investigation


GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – Bob Bashara has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with his wife's 2012 death.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Wednesday that Bashara is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation to commit murder, perjury, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice.

Worthy said the 55-year-old is accused of encouraging witnesses to lie under oath or call in false tips during the investigation into his wife's death.

"We're also alleging that he tried to get a witness or witnesses to leave the state so they could not be talked to," Worthy said.

Worthy said there are more than 300 witnesses and 5,000 pages of documentation in the case.

Wayne County Chief of Special Investigations Robert Moran and Lead assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Lindsey will prosecute the case.


On Jan. 24, 2012, Bob Bashara reported his wife missing.

The Grosse Pointe Park mother of two was found dead the next day in the back of her SUV in a Detroit alley.

Jane's family issues statement:

"Jane's parents, siblings and children are pleased that the investigation into her murder has come to a conclusion. We want to extent our heartfelt thanks to the Grosse Pointe Park police, Detroit police, Michigan State Police, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and all other law enforcement agencies who have worked so tirelessly and with such dedication to ensure that those responsible for Jane's murder are brought to justice. We also want to thank all media outlets and journalists for respecting our family's privacy during what has undoubtedly been the most difficult time of our lives. We will not be making any other statements or giving any interviews at this time" -- Julie Rowe, Jane Bashara's sister.

The key players in the murder investigation:

Handyman Joseph Gentz is serving a 17-year sentence after admitting he strangled Jane Bashara at her home. He has said he acted on the orders of her husband.


--Joe Gentz

Bashara is already serving a minimum sentence of 6½ years in prison for trying to have Gentz killed in jail.

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--Bob Bashara

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