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Bashara’s Daughter Takes The Stand To Describe His Porn Problem, Dirty Texts

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Bob Bashara wipes his eyes as he listens to testimony about his wife's injuries. (credit: Marie Osborne/WWJ) File

Bob Bashara wipes his eyes as he listens to testimony about his wife’s injuries. (credit: Marie Osborne/WWJ) File

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DETROIT (CBS Detroit) In what can only be described as cringe-worthy testimony, Jane and Bob Bashara’s college-age daughter Jessica Bashara took the stand in her father’s murder trial Wednesday, describing her parents’ marriage as fraught.

In her father’s murder-for-hire preliminary examination in Wayne County Circuit Court, Jessica Bashara also revealed the family was well aware of some of her father’s dirty secrets. Bob Bashara is charged with hiring handyman Joe Gentz to kill Jane Bashara — whose body was found strangled in her SUV in January 2012.

Gentz confessed to the crime, and police believe Bashara then tried to hire a hit man to kill Gentz.

“Were you aware of any type of marital discord?” the prosecutor asked Jessica Bashara.

“They were in counseling,” Jessica Bashara said, adding it started in fall 2010. Jessica Bashara said she was coming home for a fall break as a college freshman when her father told her things were not going well in the marriage.

The daughter said Bashara felt his wife was overly critical of him.

Jessica Bashara said she later caught her father “viewing pornography multiple times,” adding he liked the site alt.com.

Did his porn habit upset Jane Bashara? “Yes, because it upset me,” she responded, adding her mother thought Bashara had stopped using it, then was found on the site again.

Jessica Bashara also said she found text messages on her father’s phone at one point that said “Get on your knees and give me ****, b****.”

When she confronted him, Jessica Bashara said Bob Bashara deleted it and said the message didn’t exist. She also found a card he sent to girlfriend Rachel Gillette, where he had written “the sex was great.”

When Jessica Bashara confronted her father, she said he denied their affair was sexual.

“He said he wasn’t physically capable, and there were other ways (of having sex),” Jessica Bashara testified.

Girlfriend Rachel Gillette took the stand after lunch, confirming they met through a website dedicated to sadomasochism and that Bob Bashara had erectile dysfunction, so they did “other things” like choking each other through “breath play.”

Jessica Bashara was one of the last people to talk to her mother, describing on the stand a phone conversation they had on the last day of Jane’s life. She said her mother signed off saying she wanted to get home so she could call her back from a place where she could write something down.

She said her father later called her and said he was concerned because she hadn’t come home.

“I said she’s a 56-year-old woman and could take care of herself, I didn’t see a cause for concern,” Jessica Bashara said.

Bob Bashara’s preliminary exam is expected to last through the end of this week.

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