Torture charge added for Macomb County bodybuilder accused of stabbing girlfriend

Posted at 9:24 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 21:31:56-04

A Macomb County bodybuilder accused of stabbing his live-in girlfriend appeared in a Romeo courtroom Tuesday, where he faced an added charge of torture.

Paul Bashi, 35, is accused of causing severe injuries to his girlfriend, 22, who was found bleeding July 29 outside of the Bashi home on Cathey Avenue in Washington Township.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bashi while he was walking on a nearby street covered in blood, police said. He was charged with attempted murder and delivery and/or manufacture of a controlled substance.

During a court hearing Tuesday, Bashi's attorney attempted to convince a magistrate to decrease bond from $5 million to $750,000. However, Magistrate Jennifer Andary affirmed the $5 million bond with no 10 percent. She called the alleged stabbing “disturbing."

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office argued that Bashi was previously accused of multiple assaults, and posed as a danger to the public. A preliminary investigation showed dozens of separate stab wounds on the victim’s body inflicted over a period of time, prosecutors added.

Investigators said Bashi may have used multiple knives during the alleged torture. He is also accused of possessing a human growth hormone called “Jintropin,” which is used to enhance exercise performance and strength.

After the time of the alleged stabbing, the victim was listed in stable condition at a local hospital. Her current condition is not known.