A variety of leads are being investigated actively in shooting death of a Grosse Pointe Woods man found inside his home in November. Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsib
Monday, March 4, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
A variety of leads are being investigated actively in shooting death of a Grosse Pointe Woods man found inside his home in November.
Grosse Pointe Woods detectives are busy with the investigation into the homicide of Donald DeWulf, Woods Director of Public Safety Andrew Pazuchowski said Friday. DeWulf's body was found inside his home in the 2000 block of Hampton Road in late November. He died of a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a homicide by the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office. In a brief update Friday, Pazuchowski said detectives are "very actively pursuing leads" in DeWulf's case. There is not any specific informtion that Pazuchowski wants to release now as he does not want to compromise the case, he said. However, he's fielded some questions about the public's perception of the case as being inactive, he said. He explained that "just because…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The former handyman who admitted in December to killing Grosse Pointe Park resident Jane Bashara in January 2012 will serve 17 to 28 years in prison after being sentenced Tuesday morning in Wayne Circuit Court.
In approximately 15 minutes, Joe Gentz apologized for killing Jane Bashara, her sister asked that he be held accountable and Wayne Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans sentenced him to 17 to 28 years in prison Tuesday. Gentz pleaded guilty in December to second-degree murder in the strangulation death of Jane Bashara. Originally he was charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, carrying potential life in prison sentences. Evans highlighted the lack of thought by Gentz about whether it was wrong to kill Bashara. She followed plea agreement guidelines established by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and his defense attorney, Susan Reed. He will serve no less than 17 years and no more than 28 years. Gentz underwent two…
The former handyman turned hired hitman will be sentenced this morning before a Wayne Circuit Court judge in downtown Detroit. Check back later this morning for an update.
Nearly a year after Joe Gentz was officially arrested in the January 2012 strangulation death of Jane E. Bashara, he will be sentenced. Gentz, formerly of St. Clair Shores and most recently of Grosse Pointe Park, pleaded guilty in December to second-degree murder--the same day his trial was to begin. During his guilty plea, he said he killed Jane E. Bashara, of Grosse Pointe Park, at the behest of her husband, Bob Bashara, who offered him money and threatened him. Jane Bashara was a marketing executive in Detroit and well known in the Grosse Pointes for her volunteerism and her supportive friendship. Her body was found in the backseat of her SUV in Detroit in late January 2012. Originally he was charged with first degree murder and …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The sentencing for the man who admitted to strangling Jane Bashara to death has been re-scheduled for a second time--this time moving the sentencing up to Feb. 19 from a March date.
Wayne Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans changed the sentencing hearing for Joe Gentz from early March to Feb. 19, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. Gentz, who pled guilty to second degree murder in the January 2012 strangulation death of Jane E. Bashara, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Feb. 19. He was originally scheduled to go before Evans Jan. 29 then that was rescheduled to March 1. Wayne County Prosecutor's spokeswoman Maria Miller noted the change in the sentencing date in an email case update Thursday morning. Gentz remains in custody. He was arrested in the death of Jane Bashara in March. He has consistently told investigators he killed Bashara at the behest of her husband, Bob Bashara, who offered cash to Gentz for the …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The handyman who pleaded guilty in the January 2012 strangulation death of Jane E. Bashara will be sentenced March 1 rather than Jan. 29 after the judge re-scheduled the hearing.
Wayne Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans continued the sentencing hearing for Joe Gentz originally scheduled to happen next week until early March, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. Gentz, who pled guilty to second degree murder in the January 2012 strangulation death of Jane E. Bashara, will be sentenced March 1. He was originally scheduled to go before Evans Jan. 29. Wayne County Prosecutor's spokeswoman Maria Miller noted the change in the sentencing date in an email case update Thursday afternoon. According to the update, Evans notified Gentz's defense attorney as well as the prosecutors handling the case of the change in the hearing. Gentz remains in custody. He was arrested in the death of Jane Bashara in March. He has …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Anyone with information leading to an arrest and prosecution in the November death of Grosse Pointe Woods resident Donald DeWulf could receive up to $2,500.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in the November 2012 death of Donald DeWulf. A relative found DeWulf inside his Grosse Pointe Woods home Nov. 26. His death was ruled a homicide and it remains under investigation by the Grosse Pointe Woods police and the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. DeWulf, 54, died of a gunshot wound to the head. He lived in the 2000 block of Hampton Road. Two of the Crime Stoppers posters are hanging in the lobby of the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety department and details of his case are posted on Crime Stoppers website. Anyone with informatoin is asked to call Grosse Pointe Woods police at 313-343-2412 or 1-800-SPEAK-UP
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Five people were arrested Wednesday in Harper Woods District Court following an outburst in the middle of a preliminary exam hearing before Judge Roger A. LaRose among the people in the courtroom gallery.
Officers from the Grosse Pointes assisted Harper Woods police and court staff Wednesday in quelling an outburst that evolved into an altercation in Harper Woods District Court during a preliminary exam in a homicide case. Harper Woods Police Chief Jim Burke announced the arrests in a community alert Wednesday, explaining the problem arose among those in the gallery. What began as a verbal dispute between the large group of supporters for the victim of the homicide and the large group of supporters of the accused shooter evolved into a physical altercation that spilled out of the courtroom and into lobby of the police department, according to the alert. The homicide happened at Eastland Mall in 2010. Harper Woods police had established …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Joseph Gentz, who is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy in the death of Jane Bashara, has a pretrial hearing scheduled in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
A pretrial hearing for Joseph Gentz, accused of killing Jane Bashara, was postponed until Dec. 21 by Wayne Circuit Judge Vonda Evans on Friday.