Grosse Pointe Murder: Bob Bashara Denies Any Involvement in Wife's Death

Bashara told a local newspaper that he loved his wife and still looks for her.

ByABC News
February 5, 2012, 10:34 AM

Feb. 5, 2012 — -- The husband of a Michigan woman found strangled to death in her Mercedes SUV spoke tearfully about his wife Jane and denied any involvement in her murder in a new interview this weekend.

"I had absolutely nothing to do with what happened to her," Bob Bashara said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press newspaper.

Jane Bashara was found dead on Jan. 25 inside her SUV.

Bashara said since his wife's murder two weeks ago his life has been "under seige" and his "tear glands are empty."

"I certainly have done everything and will continue to do everything to cooperate to find out who did this to my Jane, the fact that they've named the person of interest is unthinkable to me that they think I could harm my sweetheart," Bashara told the Free Press.

Bashara admitted his marriage had ups and downs and that a year ago he and his wife went to a marriage counselor, but says there was never any talk of divorce.

He also spoke at length about Joe Gentz, who told police Bashara allegedly paid him to kill his wife.

Bashara said he didn't know Joe Gentz well, but admitted that the two had a dispute over a $600 power bill with Gentz claiming he was owed money.

"I'll tell you because he kept calling me," he said. "And the tone of his calls over the past three or four weeks got a little more insistent.'I need some money. I know you've helped me out, but I need more money,'" Bashara told the Detroit Free Press.

He said he feels betrayed that the police won't protect his family from Gentz, who police released last week.

"The fact that they said to call 911 if anything was suspicious was a slap in the face to us," Bashara told the Free Press.

Bashara told the paper he loved his wife and still looks for her.

"Several times I've looked over for her, I realize she's not there. It's very disheartening because for 26 plus years, there she was. Everything, the reminders are constant and strong. I feel her every day. I miss her terribly," Bashara told the Free Press.