Joe Gentz arrested for the murder of Jane Bashara

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Joseph Gentz , the man who sources say has admitted to playing a role in the murder of Jane Bashara, is under arrest.

7 Action News crews were there to witness Gentz being arrested at the Macomb County Circuit Courthouse.

"He was scared. Real scared, panicking", said Steve Virgona, a friend of Gentz who drove him to court Friday afternoon for an unrelated custody case that was later adjourned.

After Gentz took the elevator to the second floor of the courthouse, Macomb County deputies and authorities from Wayne County were there to guide him to a back room where a law enforcement officer could be heard telling Gentz, "Sit down. Here have a seat. You're under arrest for the murder of Jane Bashara".

Gentz was then handcuffed.

Jane Bashara was found murdered in her Mercedes-Benz SUV on Detroit's east side on January 25. The Wayne County Medical Examiner determined that she had been strangled.

Bob Bashara reported his wife missing Tuesday, January 24 around 11:30 p.m. and says he had no contact with her that night. She was found dead the next day.

Bashara is considered a "person of interest" in the case and sources say he failed a police administered polygraph.

Early on in the murder investigation, Gentz went to Grosse Pointe Park Police and told investigators that Bob Bashara offered him money and a Cadillac if he would kill his wife, Jane Bashara.

Gentz reportedly told investigators that when he went to the Bashara home on January 24, Bob Bashara pulled out a gun and threatened to kill him if he didn't strangle Jane with his bare hands.

Sources suspect blood found on the floor of the Bashara's garage is from Jane Bashara.

Bob Bashara's lawyer, David Griem, previously told 7 Action News that when police asked Bob Bashara for a list of people who might want to harm him or his family, the name Joseph Gentz was on the list.

Friends and relatives of Gentz believe Bob Bashara took advantage of Gentz's reported slow cognitive skills to carry out the killing.

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