Bashara's ill health delays trial
Detroit – — Jury deliberations in the Bob Bashara murder-for-hire case are on hold after Wayne County jail officials said an undisclosed health issue will keep him out of court.
Wayne County Chief of Jails Jeriel Heard said in a statement Tuesday, "Bashara is not medically competent to appear in court at this time. The county sheriff will notify the court when Mr. Bashara has been cleared by doctors to appear in court."
Deliberations were suspended Tuesday because of Bashara's condition.
Bashara is on trial in Wayne Circuit Court on charges he hired his handyman, Joseph Gentz, to kill his wife, Jane, in the garage of their Grosse Pointe Park home in 2012. Jane's body was found in the back seat of her Mercedes-Benz SUV in an alley on the east side of Detroit. Bashara denies he ordered the killing.
Bashara's 10-week trial had been interrupted one day when he was rushed to the hospital for a pain in his right side.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's office said Tuesday the jury will not resume deliberations Wednesday because Bashara "has an undisclosed medical issue that will not allow him to be present in court."
Prosecutors say Bashara wanted his wife dead so he could pursue a lifestyle of kinky sex with his girlfriend, Rachel Gillett, and would have access to money his wife had saved.