Cain Velasquez Denied Bail In Attempted Murder Case, GoFundMe Fundraisers Shuts Down

Cain Velasquez has been denied bail.

The former UFC heavyweight champion was reportedly denied bail because the judge concluded the “risk is too great” to both the public and the family of who he intended to shoot, Harry Goularte.

“I think the judge made her comments very clear that Mr. Velasquez, his conduct in this case, endangered a great number of people, and he poses a serious risk of danger to the public and to the specific victim in this case,” Santa Clara County Assistant District Attorney Angela Bernhard said of the ruling.

Velasquez’s attorney Mark Geragos put in the request to set bail. Velasquez remains in jail without bail. His next hearing will be on April 14.

Velasquez’s outcome differs from Goularte, who was released with no bail after being accused of molesting a child relative of Velasquez. There are some word of the relative to be one of Velasquez’s three children, but no official report has confirmed that.

Goularte is being charged with having lewd acts with a child under 14 years old.

Velasquez was arrested on February 28 and charged with attempted murder. He reportedly fired three shots at a vehicle containing Goularte, his mother and his stepfather Paul Bender.

Bender was wounded with non-life-threatening injuries. Video footage also allegedly showed Velasquez chasing the car for about 11 miles before ramming into it and shooting.

If the former UFC fighter is found guilty, he could face a minimum of 20 years to life in prison, according to the state’s penal code.

After details of Goularte were revealed, many across social media, including current UFC fighters like Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis, Colby Covington, to name a few, have backed Velasquez with the hashtag “Free Cain.”

Legal fund campaigns were also set up on GoFundMe, but the crowdfunding platform shut it down, citing a violation of terms of service.

“We can confirm that both fundraisers were removed, and all donors have been refunded,” a GoFundMe spokesperson told MMA Junkie. “GoFundMe prohibits raising money for the legal defense of a violent crime.”

The website still remains online that will have a T-shirt sale on Wednesday in Gilroy, California.

“All profits go to help Cain’s defense fund and to help his family,” a banner on the side of the homepage reads.

A group of people were wearing “Free Cain” clothing and signs were outside of the courtroom during Velasquez’s arraignment Monday.

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