Hearing for man in wife's death may take 5 days

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT (AP) - A witness says a woman from an affluent Detroit suburb complained that her husband flirted with other women, stayed out overnight and stole from her retirement fund in the months before she was strangled.

Patricia Matthews testified in Detroit on Monday at the start of a hearing to decide whether Robert Bashara (buh-SHAIR'-uh) should stand trial for first-degree murder.

Jane Bashara's body was found Jan 24, 2012, in her Mercedes-Benz in a Detroit alley, a few miles from the couple's home in Grosse Pointe Park. Joseph Gentz has pleaded guilty to strangling her, saying Robert Bashara commissioned him.

Bashara already is serving up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to hire someone to kill Gentz in jail. He's denied involvement in his wife's death.


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