Attorneys for the handyman charged in the murder of Detroit businesswoman Jane Bashara entered a not guilty plea on his behalf on Tuesday and he now faces trial in January.
Joe Gentz is charged with strangling Bashara in the garage of her home in Grosse Pointe Park last January. Her body was later found inside her SUV parked in an alley in Detroit.
The conspiracy charge indicates prosecutors believe Gentz did not act alone. The former handyman has maintained that he was paid by Jane's husband Bob Bashara to commit the crime but so far he is the only person charged in the case. Trial has been set for January 7.
Last week Bashara plead guilty to charges that he tried to hire a hit man to kill Gentz while the former handyman was still in jail. Bashara will be sentenced on that charge on November 20.
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