Ex-UFC titleholder Cain Velasquez denied bail ahead of April 12. hearing

Cain Velasquez
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Cain Velasquez, a former two-time undisputed UFC heavyweight champion, will remain in custody in Santa Clara, California – after he was denied bail for his part in an alleged shooting on February 28. Velasquez is set to appear in court next on April 12. 

Per a report from MMA Fighting reporter, Damon Martin, Velasquez, who was charged with premeditated, attempted murder last Wednesday for his part in an alleged shooting on February 28. was denied bail by Judge Shelyna Brown, and will remain in custody ahead of an April 12. hearing.

“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 named 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,” Judge Brown continued. “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.”


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On Wednesday, the district attorney’s office confirmed Salinas native, Velasquez had been charged with premeditated, attempted murder following his part in an alleged shooting on Monday, February 28. – where he is alleged to have shot into a vehicle containing 43-year-old Harry Eugene Goularte who had recently been accused of molesting a minor, close relative of Velasquez “100 times”. 

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