Handyman Joe Gentz took the stand in Bob Bashara’s bid for a new trial on Thursday.
While reading his affidavit, Gentz told Judge Vonda Evans the entire thing was “a lie.”
After a brief recess where Gentz was allowed to speak with his brother and attorney, Gentz decided he would take the stand.
Gentz had claimed that Bob forced him to murder his wife, Jane, in 2012. He said he had killed Jane because he was threatened by and paid by Bob.
If Gentz changes his testimony, he could face perjury charges and life in prison.
Gentz testified that Bob and Jane were arguing. “Next thing I know, he pulls a gun on me and says, ‘shut her up,’ and he says, ‘do it now,’ so I broke her neck,” Gentz testified.
He said after she was dead, Bob went over to her and said, “I’m sorry baby, I didn’t mean it.”