(NEW YORK) — Jessie Bashara, the daughter of the Michigan man who is a person of interest in the death of his wife, believes her father is innocent.
The father and daughter spoke with ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday about their theories in the case.
“I just know how my mom felt about him, and the way they looked at each other…all of their disagreements were worked out by talking, communicating. And they were each other’s equals,” Jessie Bashara said in the exclusive interview. “There was never any even hint towards violence, or anything like that. It was completely a loving relationship.”
“Without a doubt in my mind, I know that he did not do it,” she added. “There’s no way. No fight ever. Just — absolutely not.”
Investigators were in and out of the home of Bob Bashara, 54, Wednesday in the affluent community of Grosse Pointe, Mich., looking for evidence in connection with the murder of his wife Jane Bashara, a Detroit marketing executive who was found strangled in the back of her car two weeks ago.
In his first network interview, Bob Bashara, who held hands with his daughter while speaking with Good Morning America, said that he had no reason to kill his wife of 26 years.
“We had a very good, open relationship,” he told GMA. “I’m frightened about this. To know that I could spend the rest of my life in jail for a crime I didn’t commit is a very scary thing.”
An unusual twist in the investigation into Jane Bashara’s murder came on the day of the woman’s memorial service last week, when Joe Gentz, a 48-year-old man who had done work for Bashara, walked into the Grosse Pointe Park police station and confessed to being Bashara’s accomplice in the woman’s murder.
Sources said that Gentz’s story was reportedly at times shifting and inconsistent as he told police that he was confessing because he feared that the blame for the murder would fall entirely on him.
One story Gentz is reportedly telling police is that Bashara forced him to kill Jane Bashara at gunpoint, saying he would kill Gentz if he didn’t kill her.
Bashara maintains that he does not own a firearm and that the allegations are “a sick assessment” that, “shows how deranged he is.” He told GMA that he thinks Gentz is guilty of killing his wife.
“I do believe he’s the one that did it. He wanted more money from me. He badgered me. And yes, I do believe he’s capable of it,” Bashara said.
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