SEATTLE - A court spokesman says a laser eye surgeon in the U.S. has pleaded not guilty to an alleged murder-for-hire targeting two colleagues with Canadian roots.

And the lawyer for one of the victims says bail for the accused has been set at $2 million.

Anne Bremner says she and prosecutors had sought substantially higher bail for Michael Mockovak, who is charged with solicitation to commit murder in the first degree.

Bremner represents Joseph King, a British-Columbia-trained doctor who, along with Mockovak, founded the Clearly Lasik franchise, which has outlets in Washington, Oregon, Alberta and British Columbia

According to court documents, Mockovak is accused of paying $10,000 to an informant to have King murdered.

Prosecutors allege another intended victim was Brad Klock, a former hockey player from Port Alberni, B.C., who had sued the company after being dismissed from his job as president.

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