STAMFORD - The owner of a Stamford deli accused of trying to hire one of his employees to kill his wife appeared in court Thursday.

Police say Thomas Esposito, the owner of Esposito's Delicatessen on Atlantic Street, approached a former member of a Mexican gang and asked how much it would cost to have his wife murdered.

That man allegedly told Esposito's wife, Jacqueline, when she later came to the deli.

Esposito, who lives in Trumbull, is currently free on $250,000 bail.