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"Witnesses talk of Bob Bashara's gun, BDSM lifestyle during preliminary hearing"

on Wednesday, 11 September 2013. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Detroit Free Press

Time after time, Bob Bashara was caught in lies.

He didn’t tell the truth about having a gun. He lied about a golf outing to Florida. And he never confessed about an affair when asked by his family.

That’s what witnesses, who testified Monday during the first day of Bashara’s preliminary examination at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, said about the man accused of arranging his wife’s killing.

His cousin, Stephanie Samuel, testified she asked Bashara about a mistress after reports surfaced in the news media.

“Are you having an affair?” she said. “He said, ‘No.’ ”

She asked who the person was, and Bashara replied: “She’s a friend,” Samuel said.

Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey said Bashara’s former mistress, as well as his lifestyle in the BDSM lifestyle — bondage, discipline, sadomasochism — were motives for the killing of Jane Bashara of Grosse Pointe Park, who was found strangled in her SUV in January 2012.

Bashara, who wore green jail garb to court, sat mostly expressionless at the defense table. He was charged earlier this year with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation to commit murder, suborning of perjury during a capital trial, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice.

His attorneys, Mark Procida and René Cooper, chose not to cross-examine any of the witnesses who took the stand Monday, including Bashara’s mother, Nancy Bashara, and his wife’s best friend. The defense team did object to the relevance of questions regarding his involvement in the BDSM lifestyle.

Robert Godard Jr. testified that Bashara had been with women other than his wife, but that one woman — Rachel Gillett — won his heart, and the pair planned to move in together.

“They were going to buy a home together and make a life together,” Godard said Bashara told him.

Bob and Jane Bashara’s marriage was rocky and ending it had been brought up once their children were out of school, according to Monday’s testimony.

Godard testified that the couple’s relationship was strained because she would not participate in the BDSM lifestyle. ...

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