- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A handyman who admits killing a suburban Detroit woman says he won’t testify against the victim’s husband.

Joe Gentz has said that he strangled Jane Bashara (buh-SHER’-uh) in 2012 on the orders of Robert Bashara. He’s in prison for second-degree murder. Nonetheless, he told a judge Friday that he won’t testify.

Bashara’s first-degree murder trial starts Tuesday in Wayne County court.

Gentz’ lawyer says he wants his sentence reduced to five years. The 50-year-old handyman isn’t eligible for parole until 2029.

But prosecutor Lisa Lindsey says she won’t negotiate a better deal with Gentz. As for the trial, she says there will be other evidence against Bashara, a Grosse Pointe Park resident.

Lindsey says, “We’ve never put all our eggs in the Joe Gentz basket.”

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