- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area man convicted of having his wife killed says he never planned to leave her in favor of his bondage and domination lifestyle.

Bob Bashara testified Friday that if Jane Bashara “was not brutally murdered,” he “probably would still be in the lifestyle.”

The 57-year-old Bob Bashara was sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the 2012 death of his wife.

Prosecutors say he coerced handyman Joe Gentz into strangling Jane Bashara at the couple’s Grosse Pointe Park home. Gentz is in prison for second-degree murder.

Bashara says his rights were violated by an ineffective defense. He is seeking a new trial. His hearing resumes Dec. 3 in Wayne County Circuit Court.

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