Cain Velasquez Denied Bail Again In Attempted Murder Case
Cain Velasquez has been denied bail a second time.
Judge Shelyna Brown has decided against granting bail for Velasquez during a motion hearing in his attempted murder case in Santa Clara County. Brown cited Velasquez’s “reckless disregard for human life” as the reasoning behind her decision.
Brown denied the first bail request, referring to Velasquez’s alleged actions as “extreme recklessness.”
Velasquez, a former UFC heavyweight champion, is facing charges of attempted murder and 10 other gun-related charged. If convicted, he could do 20 or more years of jail time.
He’s been in custody since being arrested on February 28.
The potential lengthy jail-time stems from an alleged incident where Velasquez chased Harry Eugene Goularte – who is being charged with molesting a young relative of Velasquez – and shot into Goularte’s vehicle, but struck Goularte’s stepfather, Paul Bender, instead. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Santa Clara County district attorney.
ESPN reported that Bender participated in Monday’s hearing via video call and said he suffered an injury to a nerve in his shoulder and has been unable to work.
Meanwhile, Goularte, is being charged in Santa Clara County with a lewd act upon a child under the age of 14.
Goularte was released from custody without bail on February 25, reportedly against the DA’s orders, per the DA. He was ordered to stay home, stay 100 yards away from any child under 14 and wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.
According to court documents, the child – who is under 10 years old – said Goularte took him into the bathroom of a day care center – Goularte lives in the building of a day care his mother, Patricia, operates — and touched the child’s genitals potentially “100 times.”
Goularte denies the claims.
His plea hearing is scheduled for June 6 while Velasquez’s hearing is booked for June 10.