Cain Velasquez denied bail in attempted murder case, judge says ‘Risk is too great’

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Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez must now await his trail for attempted murder charges from his jail cell after he was denied bail in a hearing on Monday.

According to a transcript from the hearing obtained by MMA Fighting, Judge Shelyna Brown denied Velasquez’s bail after hearing arguments from both Velasquez’s attorney Mark Geragos, and deputy district attorney Aaron French.

“It is clear to this court that there is clear and convincing evidence that there is a substantial likelihood that release would result in great bodily injury, not just to the names complaining witnesses in this case but to Santa Clara residents at large,” Judge Brown said.

“This case involves allegations of extreme recklessness to human life. Ramming a vehicle in the middle of the day where citizens are out driving, going about their business and shooting out of a car at other individuals, which is reckless by any standard. Anyone could have been injured. Anyone could have been killed and when this court looks at article 1, section 12, it is this level of risk that the court must take into consideration. With that said, this court is making the ruling that the risk is too great and that there will be no bail set at this time.”

Velasquez was arrested on Feb. 28 for shooting several rounds into a vehicle carrying Harry Goularte and several other passengers during an 11-mile high speed chase. Goularte is accused of molesting one of Velasquez’s close relatives.

Goularte was initially arrested on charges of child molestation, but was later released on bail. After he was released by the court, Velasquez decided to take matters into his own hands.

Velasquez did not end up shooting Goularte, however, he did happen to shoot his stepfather who was later transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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