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DETROIT (WJBK) -

The Wayne County prosecutor plans to hold a news conference Wednesday morning on the arrest of Bob Bashara.  He is behind bars accused of ordering a hit on the suspected hit man who confessed to killing his wife.

You can watch Kym Worthy's press conference live right here beginning at 11 a.m.

"Relief.  Just relief.  Not even joy.  I mean just relief.  There is nothing to be happy about," said Cathy Ross.

Ross, a member of the group Justice 4 Jane, was meeting at a Grosse Pointe Park restaurant Tuesday a few feet away from where Bashara was arrested 24 hours ago.  The message from members is strong, but silent, instead using lawn signs and bracelets to show their support for their dear friend, who was found strangled in her SUV on Detroit's east side six months ago.  That is until now.

"We were all in a state of disbelief.  How can this person be walking the streets and getting away with what everyone felt that he got away with," Ross said.

From the beginning, Bashara has been considered a person of interest in his wife's murder, but that is not why he was arrested.  Bashara is accused of hiring someone to kill Joe Gentz, a former handyman who is charged with Jane Bashara's murder and claims her husband hired him to do it.

A source tells us Bashara tried using a middleman who knew someone behind bars who could get the job done.  That man went to police.

A source says authorities recorded the deal where Bashara paid the guy a couple thousand dollars to make it happen -- a jailhouse hit on Gentz.

A couple of days later, Bashara was arrested outside his Mack Avenue property, his SUV searched and impounded.

Bashara is now behind bars at the Wayne County Jail where he awaits charges.

We contacted the family of Joe Gentz by phone.  They said, "The family is pleased Bob Bashara was arrested, but shocked that Bashara wanted Joe dead."

It's a case full of twists and turns, but for longtime friends of the beloved mother and businesswoman who are still devastated by her death, it's one step closer to justice for Jane.

"I think everyone will just cheer when he goes away," said Ross.

Bashara is expected to be arraigned Wednesday at 1 p.m., according to FOX 2's Amy Andrews.

Meantime, Fox 2 also spoke to Bashara's attorney David Griem, who said his client is despondent and knows that he could go away for a very long time.  We're told he is on suicide watch.

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