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Possible Plea Deal in Murder-for-Hire Case

6/7/2010 5:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ...Juan-Carlos Cruz could cop a plea in his attempted murder case as early as June 23.


We've learned ... last week a Santa Monica detective approached the three homeless men whom Cruz allegedly tried to hire to kill his wife. We're told the detective expressed his displeasure that the men had spoken with TMZ about the case. One of the men tells TMZ ... the detective said, "You can't talk about the case until the plea bargain happens on June 23."

Turns out ... Cruz' case is indeed in back in court June 23, and as we first reported the prosecutor and Cruz' lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, are already in plea bargain negotiations.

TMZ broke the story ... cops and prosecutors believe Cruz' story ... that his wife, Jennifer Campbell, had been suicidal for years over the fact that they could not have kids, but she could not take her life because of her religious beliefs. Cruz told cops ... killing his wife was supposed to be an act of mercy, which would be followed by Cruz taking his own life.

Law enforcement sources tell us the D.A. does not believe the case should go to trial. We're told the likely resolution is a no contest plea to solicitation to commit murder, which carries a 3 - 9 year sentence. If Cruz gets 3 years, he could be out in half that time.

0606_videoNeither the prosecutor nor defense would comment on a possible plea deal on June 23.


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Allen Ridak    

"You can't talk about the case until the plea bargain happens on June 23."

That cop should be fired

1600 days ago

Illinois person    

The cop in the background is hot. Looks like he doesn't need Jaun-Carlos' help counting any calories.

1599 days ago


I cant believe Oprah would have murder suspect on her show to give his side of the story but wouldn't let a someone accused of domestic violence on to tell his side. Oprah is a hypocrite.

1599 days ago


"Cruz told cops ... killing his wife was supposed to be an act of mercy, which would be followed by Cruz taking his own life."

My a$$! Once his wife was dead, Cruz would have continued with his life. He doesn't seem suicidal to me.

1599 days ago


Mercy my ass. Stop trying to give him a pass on this, TMZ. Trying to have your wife killed because she is depressed is about the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of. Yeah, I’ve been depressed before too but thank god my husband didn’t try and have me killed. Because he’s not a total psychopath. Here’s a thought - WHY NOT TRY AND GET HER HELP?!?! How in hell is hiring people to kill her a kind, merciful act? We don’t let people self-terminate who have horrible diseases and are in serious pain. But because she is a nut job it is supposedly okay that he did this? You are seriously screwed in the head TMZ. You’re trying to make this ******* sound like a saint but want Lindsay Lohan thrown in jail for the rest of her life just for being young and dumb. Harvey must have a standing tee time with the devil every day.

1599 days ago

Daisy Mae Duke    

Mercy killing? How nice of him. Every woman should have such a thoughtful husband. Now back to the good stuff. When do I get to see Drew Peterson fry?

1599 days ago


maybe he will get out early,divorce his wife and do us all a favor and marry sandra bullock,,and then do a better job and not hire the homeless

1599 days ago


the ..'detective'.. was probably a homeless person themselves!! haaa haaaa!!

1599 days ago


Even is she was killed, seems like people get light sentences, yet throw the book on people using drugs. Not dealing but doing them. Of course this is a different story altogether but on the subject of murder or attempted reminds me of the guy that killed "Dolla" point blank shot him over and over, with cameras and tons of witnesses....because he felt fear for his life so he was out in a year, aquitted. Something is wrong with our justice system!

The guy should get 20 years at least!!! Yeah he wanted to help her, so pay to kill her, how but pay for therapy??? What an animal...

1599 days ago


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