Bob Bashara of Grosse Pointe Park appeared at a preliminary hearing where the owner of an electrical equipment store testified Bashara approached him looking for a hit man, the Detroit Free Press reported. The target was Frank Gentz, who allegedly strangled Jane Bashara in January, leaving her body in her Mercedes in a Detroit alley.
Gentz has allegedly admitted the killing, saying her husband arranged it. Bashara has not been charged with his wife's death although police say he is a person of interest.
Steve Tibaudo, owner of Steve's Furniture & Appliances in Detroit, said he met with Bashara several times while equipped with recording devices. On one occasion, he testified, Bashara frisked him.
"He said, 'Are you wearing a wire?'" Tibaudo told the court. "I said, 'No, it's against my religion to wear a wire. I'm Sicilian.'"
Bashara is being held in the Wayne County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment July 31.