Bashara Faces Arraignment In Wife's Slaying

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- A suburban Detroit man is expected in court a week after a judge ordered him to stand trial in the death of his 56-year-old wife.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Robert Bashara is scheduled for arraignment Friday morning on a first-degree murder charge in circuit court.

Jane Bashara was beaten and strangled at the couple's Grosse Pointe Park home in January 2012. Her body was found in her Mercedes-Benz, which was abandoned in Detroit.

Handyman Joe Gentz is in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. He has said 55-year-old Robert Bashara threatened to kill him unless he followed orders and killed Jane Bashara.

Robert Bashara has repeatedly denied any role during media interviews. He pleaded guilty last year to trying to have Gentz killed in jail.

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