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Oregon woman takes stand in bizarre Michigan murder case

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There's an Oregon connection to a bizarre murder investigation out of Detroit.

Bob Bashara is charged with hiring his handyman to kill his wife in January of 2012.

During his preliminary hearing Thursday, Janet Leehman, an Oregon woman, took the stand.

Police believe Leehman was being groomed to join Bob Bashara and his mistress in a three-way relationship weeks before his wife's murder.

Leehman and Bashara reportedly met each other online through an S&M website and began writing each other emails, which led to phone calls and eventually in-person visits.

Leehman said she thought that Bashara was going through a divorce and never knew he was still married until the murder.

In a Detroit courtroom, Leehman describes how Bashara made her call him "Master Bob," and sent her dirty letters, a leather collar and a T-shirt he had worn for three days straight.

"He gave it to me so I could sleep with it. It had his scent on it," Leehman told prosecutors. "He said he sent it to me so that I could feel him."

Leehman testified that Bashara planned a trip from Michigan to Oregon to visit her in late January 2012, shortly before his wife Jane Bashara was killed.

Bob Bashara is accused of hiring his handyman Joseph Gentz to kill his wife. She was found strangled in her car.

Prosecutors asked Leehman about Bashara's obsession with asphyxiation on the stand, because they believe it relates to her death. Leehman described the conversation she had with Bashara about what they called "breath play" with his first mistress.

"He just told me he tucks her in every night, and they do breath play, and she loves it," said Leehman.

Leehman later testified that she played the erotic choking game with Bashara herself and she reportedly passed out cold. Leehman added she didn't consent to it.

After the murder of Bashara's wife, Leehman told prosecutors she grew suspicious of his behavior, especially after he asked her to reportedly hide his mistress out in Oregon, to protect her from the court system.

Leehman says she later asked Bashara to stop contacting her. She says she changed her phone number.

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