Man convicted in wife's death says she permitted affairs

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Posted: Oct 15, 2015 9:16 PM
Man convicted in wife's death says she permitted affairs

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man convicted of having his wife killed so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination with another woman testified Thursday in his quest for a new trial that his wife gave him permission to have extramarital affairs.

Bob Bashara testified in Wayne County Circuit Court as he seeks to have his first-degree murder conviction and life sentence thrown out, saying his rights were violated by an ineffective defense. He testified that his trial attorneys advised him against taking the stand at his salacious trial last year.

"I felt that I was grossly misled by that," Bashara said.

A jury in December convicted Bashara of murder in the 2012 death of Jane Bashara, whose body was found inside her Mercedes-Benz. The luxury SUV was ditched in a Detroit alley.

Prosecutors have said Bob Bashara, 57, coerced handyman Joe Gentz into strangling her at the couple's Grosse Pointe Park home. Gentz is in prison after a second-degree murder conviction.

Part of the focus of his original trial was on Bashara's extramarital affairs and the bondage and domination lifestyle.

Bashara, who was known as "Master Bob" among those in that lifestyle, told Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans Thursday that his wife gave him permission to have extramarital affairs because the couple was unable to have sex due to medical conditions.

"It was important to show I didn't just go out and have an affair, your honor," he said. "Every night, we cuddled, we kissed. We were both getting older. The love and the caring never stopped."

Bashara is expected to continue his testimony Friday.