GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Few people were surprised to see Joe Gentz arrested and charged for Jane Bashara's murder, after all the guy walked into the police department weeks ago and confessed to the crime.
But just last week, Bob Bashara's attorney was spinning the different story to the press, saying he had decided that Joe Gentz was not the killer.
David Griem told reporters that he hired two FBI agents and the three of them had come to the conclusion that the murder of Jane Bashara was a random crime.
“We’ve turned the focus of our investigation away from Joe,” Griem said. “We’re thinking that it could be a random crime. “
Lewis asked him, “Why, then, didn't they take her stuff?”
“Maybe, just maybe that killing is just taking place seconds before, and somebody sees a police car, somebody sees a vehicle that is headed in their direction,” Griem answered.
His reasoning: If police really thought Gentz was the killer, why did they let him go after the confession? Griem said that would be the height of irresponsibility.
Police sources tell 7 Action News that the reason Gentz was released originally is because investigators did not have enough evidence to charge him and make it stick based only on a confession. They needed more time to build a solid case.
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