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Former Food Network Chef Pleads Not Guilty To Attempted Murder Charges

May 17 2010, Published 8:13 a.m. ET

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A former Food Network chef was in court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and solicitation of murder charges, has confirmed.

Food Network Host Juan-Carlos Cruz Busted Murder For Hire Sting

48-year-old Juan-Carlos Cruz, who hosted Calorie Commando and Weighing In, is being held on a $2 million bail.

Cruz was arrested Thursday by Santa Monica police after he allegedly hired two homeless men to kill his wife, Jennifer Campbell.

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VIDEO: Juan-Carlos Cruz Clowns With Wife Jennifer About Alleged Murder Target

He is represented by high-powered attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, who also represents Lindsay Lohan in her probation case and Nicole Richie in a DUI case in 2007.

He’s due in court  for a preliminary hearing  on June 23 at 8 a.m. If convicted, he could face life in prison.



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