Handyman charged in strangling death of Detroit marketing executive Jane Bashara

A handyman has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Detroit marketing executive Jane Bashara, who was found strangled inside her car in January.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office said Joe Gentz, 48, will appear in court Monday on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Jane Bashara's body was found Jan. 25 in her Mercedes-Benz on Detroit's East Side. Police said the 56-year-old from Grosse Pointe Park was strangled. Her husband has been labeled a "person of interest" but has not been charged and denies wrongdoing.

A message seeking comment from Gentz' lawyer was not immediately returned. Gentz has been in custody since Friday.

Gentz did odd jobs for the victim's husband, Bob Bashara, who owns commercial and residential properties in the Detroit area. Gentz was held soon after Jane Bashara's death, but was released three days later.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.