December 18, 2014Detroit – Bob Bashara has been found guilty of first degree murder in the January, 2012 death of his wife, Jane.
In addition, he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, solicitation to commit murder, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice.
He now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
Bashara remained calm while the verdicts were being read, but did shake his head several times as the jury was polled. As he stood up to leave the court, he leaned against the table, as if to steady himself.
The trial, now in its 11th week, was sent to the jury a week ago today. Jury deliberations had been suspended for two and a half days due to an undisclosed health issue that landed Bashara in the hospital, but deliberations resumed Thursday morning.
The jury of nine men and three women deliberated for approximately 12 hours in total before alerting the judge they had reached a decision at 2:35 p.m. Thursday.
Following the verdict, Bashara's attorneys, Michael McCarthy and Lillian Diallo, said Bashara was in shock at the verdict.
"He's in shock, but is conducting himself with proper decorum and dignity as he has done throughout this trial," McCarthy said. "But the jury has spoken and he will have to live with the decision."
"The jury has spoken," said Diallo.
Grosse Pointe Park chief of police David Hiller was in the courtroom when the verdict was read.
"The system worked," he said. "We now have closure in the death of Jane Bashara."
Judge Vonda Evans set sentencing for Thursday, Jan. 15.