DETROIT - A handyman who originally said he killed Jane Bashara at her husband's behest is willing to testify as part of Bob Bashara's quest to get a new trial.
The handyman, Joe Gentz, changed his original story about Jane Bashara's 2012 slaying in an affidavit that he made earlier this year in prison. In the affidavit, Gentz said Bob Bashara didn't have anything to do with his wife's death. Gentz is serving a 17-to 28-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in a plea deal.
Judge Vonda Evans said that if Gentz testifies, he could open himself up to charges -- such as perjury. She said he had a "monumental" decision to make, and that she wants him to review video of his previous testimony.
"This is a big step, and I want you to be fully advised," Evans said.
The hearing will resume on April 21.
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