- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A 57-year-old suburban Detroit man charged with arranging his wife’s murder has not been cleared to return to court due to an issue with his health.

Wayne County Jails Chief Jeriel Heard says in an emailed statement Tuesday that Bob Bashara “is not medically competent to appear in court at this time.”

Heard also says the sheriff’s office will notify circuit Judge Vonda Evans when Bashara “has been cleared by doctors to appear in court.”

Jury deliberations in Bashara’s trial remained on hold Tuesday.

A problem with Bashara’s health kept him from the courthouse Monday and Tuesday. He would need to be present for any jury questions or a verdict.

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.”

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

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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