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Lawyer predicts Bashara could soon be charged in wife's murder

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Bob Bashara is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill Joe Gentz.  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) Bob Bashara is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill Joe Gentz. (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
Joe Gentz at his video arraignment.  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) Joe Gentz at his video arraignment. (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
DETROIT (WJBK) -

"Criminal charges are forthcoming in regards to the death of Jane Bashara," David Griem said Tuesday.

Bob Bashara's attorney is predicting his client could be charged very soon.  This after reports that a second mental evaluation has found confessed hit man Joe Gentz is competent to stand trial.  That clears the way for a plea deal with prosecutors and possible murder and conspiracy charges against Bashara for the strangulation of his wife, Jane, back in January.

"Joe Gentz gets one of these (slaps his wrist) and testifies in return against Bob Bashara," said Griem.  "I'm not sure they need Joe Gentz like they needed him originally because of the second case."

That second case has Bashara already locked up accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill alleged hit man Joe Gentz in jail, all allegedly captured in an audio recording.

"Allegedly he paid somebody $2,000 to somehow infiltrate the Wayne County Jail," Griem said.  "The evidence will show that the prosecution snitch approached Bob Bashara."

That person is a longtime acquaintance of Bob Bashara's at Steve's Furniture and Appliance store in Detroit where they declined comment.

Meantime, Gentz is getting ready for his new court date, originally scheduled for July 23.

That second competency hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at 36th District Court.  Bashara is not due back there for his case until July 24, but that could change if more charges come sooner.

Fox 2 legal analyst Charlie Langton says those charges could be imminent.

"If he's a murderer and Joe Gentz can help prove that, there's no reason to wait at all.  Bring the charges now.  Let's get a trial," he said.

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