Judge adds names to Bashara's defense team

Bob Bashara charged with first-degree murder in wife's 2012 death

By Halston Herrera - Digital news editor

DETROIT - Bob Bashara's defense team in his murder case got a new member on Tuesday.

Bashara is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his 56-year-old wife, Jane Bashara.

Authorities say she was beaten and strangled at the couple's Grosse Pointe Park home in January 2012 and her body left in a car in a Detroit alley.

Last month, Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans removed Bashara's lawyers and appointed David Cripps and Gabi Silver as replacements.

On Tuesday, Evans said attorney Lillian Diallo would join the team. However, there was further discussion during the hearing on whether Bashara should have two or three attorneys. Evans later backed down on Cripps, saying she would make a final decision on whether he would be on the team in April.

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Evans also said jury selection by way of questionnaire will begin in August.

The trial is slated to start on Oct. 6.

The 56-year-old Bashara repeatedly has denied any role in his wife's slaying. Prosecutors say he coerced handyman Joe Gentz to kill her so he could live a new life with another woman.

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