Cain Velasquez pleads not guilty to attempted murder charge

Cain Velasquez pleads not guilty to attempted murder charge

Cain Velasquez pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and 10 other firearms charges Friday in Santa Clara County Court in San Jose, Calif., according to ESPN.

The former UFC heavyweight champion has been in jail since February 28, following an incident in which he allegedly chased and shot a man accused of sexually abusing a family member. of Velasquez, 4 years old.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 26.

Velasquez, 39, allegedly aimed to shoot Harry Eugene Goularte while shooting a van after a high-speed pursuit through three Silicon Valley towns. Instead, Velazquez, who fired a .40 caliber pistol according to the report, struck Goularte’s stepfather, Paul Bender, as he drove, injuring him in the arm and chest. Bender is expected to survive his injuries.

Cain Velasquez, left, sits with his attorney Mark Geragos.
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Cain Velasquez
Cain Velasquez is facing attempted murder charges.
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Goularte, 43, has since been indicted for the crime of an obscene and lascivious act with a child under 14, according to the Denver Post. He was released on February 25 without bail.

Represented by renowned attorney Mark Geragos, Velasquez was denied bail three times.

“They are desperately trying to run away from the fact that the system has failed Cain,” Geragos told ESPN. “They don’t want to get in there. They want to judge a case far from reality.

Protesters gather outside the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in support of Cain Velasquez.
Protesters gather outside the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in support of Cain Velasquez.
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The child was allegedly abused by Goularte at a day care center owned by Goularte’s mother, Patricia, where Goularte also lived. Velasquez’s family has filed a sexual negligence and battery lawsuit against Goualrte, Patricia and Bender. Goularte is due in court on September 20 after pleading guilty to his criminal charge.

A two-time champion, Velazquez compiled a 14-3 record throughout his UFC career.

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