Arraignment canceled; investigation continues against La Jolla lawyer

A La Jolla family-law attorney was arrested on suspicion of repeatedly soliciting the murder of his wife.

San Diego police arrested Steven Robert Liss, 53, on Friday afternoon, SDPD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

Liss’ wife, Karen, contacted police on July 2, saying she feared her husband intended to do her harm, Munoz said.

“The investigation revealed that on multiple occasions over the past several months, Liss sought the help of others to have his wife murdered,’' she alleged.

The spokeswoman declined to release further details about Liss’ alleged attempts to hire a killer, citing the ongoing investigation.

Steve Walker, spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said Liss’ arraignment, which was scheduled Tuesday, had been canceled. “We’re not filing charges today,” Walker said. “Since the clock is running, we have to let him out of jail. But the investigation against him is continuing.”