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Bob Bashara believes he deserves new trial

Former Grosse Pointe Park businessman convicted of playing role in wife's murder files appeal


DETROIT – The Local 4 Defenders have obtained new documents showing a motion for a new trial has been filed in the case against Bob Bashara.

The former Grosse Pointe Park businessman was convicted of playing a role in his wife Jane's 2012 murder. He was sentenced to life in prison in January.

Bashara's new attorney is laying out the reasons he believes Bob should get another trial. Bashara said his attorneys failed to follow his suggestions for witnesses to be called and points to argue. He said he was told "they had this."

Bashara also claims investigators failed to research and talk to or visit numerous places where he felt key information would be uncovered. He also was upset a change of venue was never sought due to all the pretrial publicity.

Moreover, Bashara says he was denied the right to confront his accuser, Joe Gentz. Gentz cut his own deal.

As for his interest in S&M and his affair, Bashara says it never should have been mentioned in court.

However, what he did want submitted were Jane Bashara's medical records from her gynecologist. In the documents, Bashara attempts to explain his kinky sexual lifestyle, saying Jane's physical ailments and their marital understanding would have put his lifestyle in the proper context, whether you agree with him or not.

"They're not relevant. The fact of certain things about Jane's doctor coming in and talking about Jane has nothing to do with the effectiveness of counsel at the time to punch holes in the prosecution's case," said legal expert Todd Flood.

Special Section: Jane Bashara murder investigation