Food Network Chef Juan-Carlos Cruz Pleads Not Guilty to Wife Murder-for-Hire Plot

Santa Monica police say Juan-Carlos Cruz, a chef who once hosted the Food Network program "Calorie Commando," has been arrested for allegedly trying to solicit homeless people to commit a murder.
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Juan-Carlos Cruz (AP/Santa Monica Police Dept.)

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 murder.

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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