TV Chef says he did not hire a homeless man to kill his wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former television chef has pleaded not
guilty to charges involving an alleged plot to hire homeless men to
kill his wife.

Juan Carlos Cruz, who hosted the Food Network show "Calorie
Commando," entered the plea Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Prosecutors charged him with attempted murder and solicitation of

The district attorney's office says the 48-year-old chef offered
money to two homeless men to kill his wife. Santa Monica police
arrested Cruz on Thursday after one of the homeless men contacted
the department.

Cruz's bail has been set at $2 million, and a preliminary
hearing has been scheduled June 23.

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