[UPDATE 11:45 p.m. Bob Bashara is now in a hospital with an undisclosed illness, according to WWJ’s Charlie Langton. Deliberations will be on hold until his return.]
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Jurors were sent home early on day three of deliberations in the Bob Bashara murder trial.READ MORE: Missed Gov. Whitmer's Press Conference? Here's Her Update On The State's Response To COVID-19
The Grosse Pointe Park business man accused of hiring a hit man to kill his wife has become ill, and was not able to make it to the courthouse on Monday due to a medical issue.
Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey indicated that Bashara fell ill Sunday night, but details about the illness were not disclosed.
Judge Vonda Evans ruled that jurors could work but any questions asked by the jury could not be answered without Bashara’s presence. They had a few — including asking the judge to define some words. Bashara must also be present for the jury to announce a verdict in the case.
Bashara, who is a diabetic, has disrupted the case a total of three times due to health issues.READ MORE: Michigan Reports 7,955 New COVID-19 Cases, 33 Deaths Wednesday
Dismissing them Monday, Evan told jurors she’d let them know if they’d be needed Wednesday.
Bashara is accused of forcing a handyman to strangle Jane Bashara at the couple’s Grosse Pointe Park home in 2012.
There’s no dispute that Bob Bashara was having an affair. Prosecutors say he wanted his wife out of the way so he could pursue a new life with others, who referred to him as “Master Bob” as part of an alternative sexual lifestyle known as BDSM.
The defense counters that his affair was just a fling — and that he wouldn’t want to kill Jane because she was the breadwinner in the household. Defense attorney Michael McCarthy said Bob Bashara could have continued his affairs without having his wife killed.
Bob Bashara is in prison for trying to have handyman Joe Gentz killed in jail in 2012. Gentz chose not to testify during the trial.Detroit Chief: Rep. Tlaib’s Tweets About Police ‘Disgusting’
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