[KHTS] – A Santa Clarita man charged with soliciting his wife’s murder pleaded not guilty Wednesday in San Fernando, according to an official with the District Attorney’s Office.
Dino Roy Guglielmelli, 52, of Canyon Country, is being held in lieu of $10 million bail for attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder.
Guglielmelli is due back in court for a pretrial conference Jan. 6.
The prosecution has alleged that Guglielmelli believed he was paying Richard Fuhrmann, who was a friend of Guglielmelli’s at the time, to have Guglielmelli’s wife, Monica Andreny, killed.
Fuhrmann testified at a preliminary hearing that he surreptitiously recorded several conversations with Guglielmelli, the CEO of Creation’s Garden, after he became concerned for Andreny.
The charges stem from a discussion between Fuhrmann and Guglielmelli of an $80,000 deal, allegedly the amount Fuhrmann would have been paid to help “get rid of” Andreny, over an Oct. 1 lunch of mint chicken and noodles.
Unbeknownst to Guglielmelli, Fuhrmann had already contacted Andreny’s divorce attorney, who put him in touch with a detective from the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau, and the discussion was recorded.
The final taped conversation between Guglielmelli and Fuhrmann is what prompted the CEO’s arrest, because it was taped on a device provided by the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crime Bureau detectives.
Andreny and Guglielmelli were in the midst of a contentious divorce, which has not yet been finalized, according to court testimony, when the alleged crimes occurred.
Guglielmelli founded Creation’s Garden in 1993, which he built into a multimillion-dollar, international business.
Guglielmelli was originally remanded into custody without bail, after his initial arraignment Dec. 6, when he was ordered to stand trial.
Guglielmelli needs to raise $1 million in cash or assets, 10 percent of $10 million, in order to be freed from custody, according to officials with the District Attorney’s Office.
Guglielmelli is being housed at the North County Correctional Facility at the Pitchess Detention Center, and was still in custody as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to Sheriff’s Department arrest records.