David Griem asks to be removed as Bob Bashara's attorney

GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - 7 Action News has learned the Bob Bashara's attorney David Griem is asking to have himself removed from the case.

Griem filed a motion in 36th District Court asking to withdraw from the case.

In his motion Griem writes, "There has been an irreparable breakdown in the attorney/client relationship as a result of which the undersigned move to withdraw as counsel."

It is not clear what Griem means by "an irreparable breakdown in the attorney/client relationship."

The motion will be heard in 36th District Court Thursday before Judge Kenneth King. The judge is expected to question both Griem and Bashara about the breakdown before deciding on the motion.

Bob Bashara has been charged with trying to have his former handyman Joe Gentz killed.

Gentz is charged with murdering Bashara's wife Jane. Gentz has claimed to investigators that Bob Bashara hired him to kill Jane, then forced him at gunpoint to strangle her in the garage of the Bashara's Grosse Pointe Park home.

Wednesday afternoon, Attorney David Griem declined an interview but released a statement to 7 Action News. A portion of that statement reads, "To comment would do neither Robert Bashara, the Bashara family nor the Englebrecht family any good. To say anything more would only intensify the media feeding frenzy which has made it difficult, if not impossible, for Mr. Bashara to get a fair trial, and therefore would not be in the best interest of justice".

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