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Ex-TV chef pleads not guilty to attempted murder

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LOS ANGELES – 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.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former television chef has been charged with trying to hire homeless men to kill his wife.

Juan Carlos Cruz, who hosted the Food Network show "Calorie Commando," is charged with attempted murder and solicitation of murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Los Angeles.

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 show focused on converting fattening dishes to low-calorie versions that retained the same taste.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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