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Bashara wants new trial in murder case

Posted: 6:15 PM, Sep 15, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-15 22:15:50Z
Bashara wants new trial in murder case
Bashara wants new trial in murder case
Bashara wants new trial in murder case
Bashara wants new trial in murder case
Bashara wants new trial in murder case

Bob Bashara, the Grosse Pointe Park man found guilty of murdering his wife Jane in 2012, was back in court today. He is requesting a new trial.

Bashara was found guilty of first degree murder in December 2014. During the trial, prosecutors claimed Bob Bashara hired a handyman to kill his wife Jane in 2012, so he could pursue an alternative sex lifestyle with his mistress - something his defense team denied.

The handyman who prosecutors say Bashara hired, Joe Gentz, pleaded guilty to killing Bashara's wife in late 2012, saying Bashara paid him to do so.

Bashara had been serving jail time for trying to hire a hitman to kill Gentz, who was already behind bars at the time.

He was sentenced to life in prison in January.

Today, Bashara's attorney, Ronald Ambrose, addressed Judge Evans and told her the jury was never informed of the arrangement he and Jane had regarding his alternative sexual lifestyles. 

Ambrose says that they had medical sexual issues.

Ambrose told the judge that had the jury known-- it wouldn't have sent the message that he was just out philandering. 

Ambrose also told the court that Gentz had problems with women and was violent. Had the right witnesses been called, that picture would've been made clear, according to Ambrose.

Ambrose is also asking for a change of venue, claiming that the jury already had their minds made up when they were seated.

"The playing field in this case was completely slanted. And I don't want to continuously repeat myself," Ambrose said. "Over the case of the trial, the prosecution assassinated his character."

The judge has agreed to hear evidence in their re-trial request. Bashara's previous attorneys testified at the hearing today. It is set to resume tomorrow.