GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - The brother of the handyman accused of killing Jane Bashara says Joe Gentz didn’t have the motive or mental capacity to commit murder on his own.
Gentz’s brother, who spoke to 7 Action News but did not want us to use his name or show his face, says Bob Bashara is behind the violent plot.
“There was no motive for (Joe) to hurt anybody. I’ll always believe that,” Joe’s brother told 7 Action News.
Joe Gentz, 48, was arrested last Friday and charged Monday with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Gentz maintains Bob Bashara forced him to kill Jane at gunpoint when he arrived at the couple’s Grosse Pointe Park home January 24 to collect a check for his work at Bashara’s properties.
Although the warrant charges conspiracy and states another person was involved in the crime, the prosecutor’s office is not releasing the name of an additional suspect.
“I believe the story is true. I think he went over there to move some stuff and things went bad,” Joe’s brother said.
Gentz’s brother also points out Joe’s diminished mental capacity. Sources say he has the mental capacity of a child.
But Bob Bashara’s attorney, David Griem, says his client is innocent and that law enforcement is releasing information that makes Bashara appear guilty.
“The news that has been funneled to the media has all been negative toward Bob Bashara,” Griem said.
And as far as a co-conspirator, Griem tells 7 Action News his client is innocent.
“We could speculate. For example, there could be somebody who assisted Joe Gentz and now is testifying against Joe Gentz,” Griem said.
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