- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - An issue with the defendant’s health interrupted deliberations in the trial of a 57-year-old suburban Detroit man charged with arranging his wife’s murder.

The Detroit Free Press reports that a problem with Bob Bashara’s health kept him from the courthouse Monday. He would need to be present for any jury questions or a verdict.

Deliberations had resumed Monday and continued until about noon.

The first full day of deliberations ended Friday without a verdict in the case. Jurors sent requests to the judge, including the definition of certain words, but had nothing to say about the guilt or innocence of Bashara.

Judge Vonda Evans made an unusual remark last week, telling reporters that a verdict might not come until Wednesday.

Bashara is accused of forcing a handyman to strangle Jane Bashara at the couple’s Grosse Pointe Park home in 2012. Prosecutors say he wanted to get rid of his wife and focus on bondage and masochism with other women, especially a longtime mistress. He was known as “Master Bob.”

Bob Bashara is in prison for trying to have handyman Joe Gentz killed in jail in 2012. Gentz didn’t testify during the trial.

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