Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was again denied bail Monday in his attempted murder case during a motion hearing in Santa Clara County ( California), according to the court.
Judge Shelyna Brown ruled against Velasquez bail for the second time, citing Velasquez’s “reckless disregard for human life”. Brown first denied Velasquez bail on March 7, when she called Velasquez’s actions “extremely reckless.”
The UFC retiree has been in custody since his February 28 arrest. Velasquez has a plea hearing scheduled for June 10. Velasquez’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said there could be a preliminary probable cause hearing in the case in June or July, after the plea hearing.
Velasquez is charged with attempted murder and 10 other firearms charges. He could face 20 years or more in prison if convicted.
Geragos told ESPN he felt Brown’s decision on Monday was “very disappointing.” He said he thought Velasquez would be “vindicated” if the case went before a jury of “right-thinking” people.
“It is particularly outrageous when you realize that the accused pedophile and his stepfather, who only protected [Goularte] at daycare, parade like victims,” Geragos said.
“If there’s a silver lining, it’s the judge realizing that we clearly have a viable defence,” Geragos said. “We will affirm it and we will affirm it vigorously.”
Velasquez, 39, allegedly chased a man — Harry Eugene Goularte, who is charged with assaulting a young relative of Velasquez — and fired a gun at Goularte’s vehicle, according to the Santa Clara County prosecutor. Goularte’s father-in-law, Paul Bender, was in the vehicle and was hit by one of the bullets. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Bender spoke via video call during the hearing on Monday and said he suffered a nerve injury in his shoulder and has been unable to work since the shooting.
Velasquez is charged with following Goularte’s truck in his own vehicle in what the prosecutor described as an “11-mile high-speed chase” through San Jose. Velasquez reportedly rammed the truck and fired a 40-caliber handgun several times at it. Goularte’s mother, Patricia, was also in the truck.
Goularte, who was not injured in the shooting, is charged in Santa Clara County with an obscene or lascivious act on a child under 14. Goularte has a plea hearing scheduled for June 6.
Goularte, 43, was released on February 25 without bail, against the prosecutor’s orders, according to the prosecutor. He was ordered to remain under house arrest, stay 100 yards away from any child under 14 and wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.
The child, who is under 10, told police on February 24 that Goularte took him to a daycare center bathroom and touched the child’s genitals, according to a court document. The child said Goularte said not to tell anyone what happened and that this example happened potentially “100 times”.
Goularte denied any wrongdoing. His mother, Patricia, owns the daycare and Goularte lives in the building where the daycare is located.