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Bob Bashara in court for hearing on wife's murder

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

Prosecutors say the hearings for a Detroit-area man accused of hiring a handyman to kill his wife is expected to take about five days.

The preliminary hearings are to decide if there's enough evidence to try Robert Bashara for first-degree murder began Monday afternoon.

The hearing was originally scheduled for 9 a.m., but due to a police situation earlier at the courthouse, it was rescheduled for the afternoon.

Jane Bashara's body was found Jan 24, 2012, in her Mercedes-Benz in a Detroit alley, a few miles from the couple's home in Grosse Pointe Park. Joseph Gentz has pleaded guilty to strangling her, saying he did so at her husband's behest.

Bashara already is serving up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to hire someone to kill Gentz in jail. He's denied being involved in his wife's death.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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