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Judge not expecting Bashara verdict until Wednesday

Bob Bashara during closing arguments (12/10/2014)
Bob Bashara during closing arguments (12/10/2014) (ClickOnDetroit.com)

DETROIT – Judge Vonda Evans said Friday she does not expect the jury to reach a verdict in the murder trial against Bob Bashara until "maybe" Wednesday.

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On Thursday, the jury started its deliberations in the trial against Bashara, who is accused of arranging his wife's 2012 murder. Deliberations are finished for the week. Jurors will be back at it 9 a.m. Monday.

Timeline: Jane Bashara murder case

During the trial which lasted about two months, the jury heard from more than 70 witnesses and saw hundreds of exhibits.

Special Section: Jane Bashara murder investigation

Jane Bashara was found strangled on Jan. 25, 2012 inside her SUV that was parked in a Detroit alley, a few miles from the family's Grosse Pointe Park home.

Joe Gentz, who worked as a handyman 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.

Gentz did not testify in the trial against Bob.

Bashara is charged with first degree murder in his wife's death. He also was charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder, solicitation to commit murder, suborning of perjury during a capital trial, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice. Judge Evans dropped the suborning of perjury charge.


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