TMZ Video Sought in Chef Murder-For-Hire Case

Juan-Carlos Cruz -- the former Food Network host accused of trying to hire some homeless guys to kill his wife -- sat in court this morning, as the judge inquired about a TMZ video featuring the prosecution's star witnesses.

We broke the story ... both sides are talking plea bargain.

The next court hearing was scheduled for July 20.  The homeless guys -- who were in court today --were ordered to appear.