GROSSE POINTE (WWJ) – The daughter of Jane Bashara, found strangled in Detroit, says there is “no way” her dad had a hand in her mother’s death.
Jessica Bashara, with her father Bob Bashara, in an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America said she doesn’t believe he’s capable of murder.
“No, not at all. Without a doubt in my mind, I know that he did not do it. There’s no way,” she said.
The 20-year-old college student is clearly standing by her dad. She said all she want to find out is who is responsible for taking her mother’s life away.
“I’m focusing on the great person my mother was and the relationship that I knew my parents had … It hasn’t made me question him, but it’s made me feel bad for all that he’s going through,” she said.
Meantime, Bob Bashara, a person of interest in the case, said he’s scared that he could face the possibility of being charged in the murder. On Wednesday, police executed a search warrant at the Bashara’s Grosse Pointe Park home.
“I’m scared that with all the ineptness and with all the innuendos and everything else that people will judge me, not how I am but how they want me to be. I’m frightened about this, to know that I could spend the rest of my life in jail for a crime I didn’t commit is a very scary thing,” said Bob Bashara.
Bob Bashara maintains that he had no reason to kill his wife, pointing the finger of blame at handyman Joseph Gentz.
“Based on what I know, yes, I do believe he’s the one who did it. He talked about, you know, a number of different things … He wanted more money from me, he badgered me and yes, I do believe he’s capable of it,” said Bob Bashara.
“That I could lose the freedoms that I have because of a sick man who did this, who admitted doing this allegedly, yeah I’m scared. But, I know the truth will come out and I know that we’ll get past this,” he continued.
Gentz submitted himself to police for questioning Jan. 31, reportedly claiming he was there the night Jane Bashara was murdered. However, sources say Gentz’s statement that he was hired by Bob Bashara to kill his wife wasn’t enough for prosecutors to issue an arrest warrant for either man. A defense attorney was appointed on Gentz’s behalf.
The body of 56-year-old Jane Bashara was found in the back of her Mercedes-Benz SUV parked in an alley at Pinwood and Arnott in Detroit on Jan. 25. Her husband reported her missing the night before.
An autopsy showed that Jane Bashara had extensive bruising to her upper body, a crushed windpipe and missing fingernails.
Although Bob Bashara has been named a person of interest in the case, he has maintained his innocence.
“I did nothing wrong. I didn’t commit murder, I didn’t pay to have my wife killed. I’m going to see this through to the end and I’m innocent,” he said.
Police have not made an arrest or named a suspect.
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