NJ Diner Manager Pleads Not Guilty in Murder Plot

Friday, Apr 12, 2013  |  Updated 2:30 PM EDT
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Georgios Spyropoulos, manager of the popular Tick Tock Diner in New Jersey, appeared in court in Paterson Friday in shackles and pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to hire a hit man to kill his uncle.

Georgios Spyropoulos, manager of the popular Tick Tock Diner in New Jersey, appeared in court in Paterson Friday in shackles and pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to hire a hit man to kill his uncle.

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NJ Man Busted in Alleged Murder for Hire Plot

A member of the family that owns the landmark Tick Tock diner has been arrested for allegedly plotting to have his uncle, a co-owner of the restaurant, tortured, robbed and murdered. Brynn Gingras reports.
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The manager of the popular Tick Tock Diner in New Jersey has pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to hire a hit man to kill his uncle.

Georgios Spyropoulos appeared in court in Paterson Friday in shackles. He has been held on $1 million bail since his  arrest Wednesday.

Prosecutors allege Spyropoulos asked an undercover state trooper posing as a hit man to kill Alexandros Sgourdos and to get rid of the body. Sgourdos co-owns the Tick Tock diners in Clifton and Manhattan.

Spyropoulos is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Spyropoulos' attorney tells The Associated Press his client's family is "mortified and distraught" over the allegations.

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