Bashara attorney files motion for Gentz to testify in hopes of getting new trial

DETROIT - The Bob Bashara epic continues.

Bashara’s attorney filed a motion for a writ requesting to have convicted murderer Joe Gentz brought from prison to testify before the court in the hope that Gentz's new testimony would lead to a new trial for Bashara.

Gentz’s originally story was that Bashara hired him to kill his wife Jane Bashara. While serving time in prison for the murder, he refuted his testimony.

In a sworn affidavit, Gentz said the former police chief of Grosse Pointe Park, David Hiller, and the detective who investigated the slaying when it happened in January of 2012 allegedly told him to lie.

Gentz wrote in the affidavit, “My testimonial statements against Mr. Robert Bashara was the product of coercion and subornation of perjury by Sgt. Reducio and Chief Hiller.”

He also said that Bob Bashara was not home at the time Jane Bashara was killed, contradictory to his original story where he claimed Bob held a gun to his head as he strangled Jane.

Bashara was found guilty in December on counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, solicitation to commit murder, witness intimidation, and obstruction of justice.

Bashara’s attorney filed the motion last week.

“If he even has one shred of believability, look out, we could be looking at another trial,” attorney Neil Rockind said.

If the motion is granted, court sessions could resume in April, but ultimately that is up to Judge Vonda Evans.

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