May 17, 2010 at 10:59 PM EDT

Juan-Carlos Cruz, a former Food Network chef, pleaded not guilty to a murder-for-hire scheme, according to People. Cruz was charged in L.A. with one count of attempted premeditated murder for allegedly trying to recruit two homeless men to kill his wife. Cruz was the host of Calorie Commando from 2004 to 2006. He is currently being held on $2 million bail.

UPDATE: Sources tell EW that police are investigating “tangible evidence” that Cruz planned to commit suicide after the murder. According to the source, who insisted on anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, Cruz allegedly tried to hire hit men because his wife was deeply depressed over their inability to have children, but her religious beliefs prevented her from committing suicide.

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