DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The ex-lawyer for a Detroit-area man whose wife was strangled has been ordered to pay $8,000 in a contempt case.

David Griem is the former attorney for Robert Bashara, who has been called a person of interest in his wife’s killing.

A Detroit judge on Monday ordered Griem to pay $8,000 in attorney and court fees after being found in civil contempt of court last month.

Griem was accused of improperly sharing evidence with Bashara’s family and issuing unauthorized subpoenas. He didn’t comment after Monday’s hearing.

Bashara, a businessman from Grosse Pointe Park, admitted to trying to hire someone to kill Joseph Gentz, the man charged in the slaying of his wife.

The body of Jane Bashara, 56, was found Jan. 25 in her Mercedes-Benz SUV in a Detroit alley.

Gentz in October pleaded not guilty in her death and will face trial in January. A sentencing for Bob Bashara is set for Dec. 10.

The Bashara case has drawn national media coverage in light of sometimes bizarre allegations surrounding a rumored sex dungeon and Bob Bashara’s reported involvement in the BDSM community.

Catch up on the Bashara case

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