Ex-UFC champ Cain Velasquez granted $1M bail after eight months in prison on tried homicide charge - Yahoo sports

Cain Velasquez became granted $1 million bail on Tuesday following eight months of incarceration as he awaits trial on an attempted homicide charge.

Police in San Jose, California say the former UFC heavyweight champion shot at a automobile carrying 43-yr-historical Harry Eugene Goularte, who's accused of molesting Velasquez's 4-yr-ancient friend. Velsaquez faces assorted gun-linked costs apart from his attempted murder cost.

Velasquez has been incarcerated due to the fact his Feb. 28 arrest. in accordance with police, Velsaquez engaged in an 11-mile vehicle chase near San Jose before firing numerous shots with a .forty-caliber pistol into a vehicle carrying Goularte, his mother Patricia Goularte and stepfather Paul Bender. A bullet struck Bender in the arm and torso. Bender survived his wounds.

judge Shelyna Brown up to now denied Velasquez bail on three diverse occasions. judge Arthur Bocanegra oversaw Tuesday's preliminary hearing in a Santa Clara County court room and granted Velaszquez bail alongside a choice that the case will circulation forward to trial.

"Mr. Velasquez, i would no longer release you if i was not satisfied that upon a release at the present, eight months later, that you'd be a danger to Harry Goularte basically, Patricia Goularte or Paul Bender," Bocanegra mentioned, per court docket files obtained by way of MMA Junkie. "if you're as dedicated a husband and father, I'm confident and have to believe you are going to not jeopardize anything else that might take you away from your son, your daughter, your household. i hope you don't prove me wrong."

"I received't, your honor," Velasquez answered.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was granted bail after spending the last eight months in jail. (AP image/John Locher)

Bocanegra determined that Velasquez, who has no prior checklist and household ties, isn't a flight risk. He also considered Velasquez's overwhelming help within th e MMA community, lots of whom have been existing on the listening to and had written letters to the court docket, KRON stories. Bocanegra ordered Velasquez to domestic detention, GPS monitoring and outpatient counseling. He additionally ordered Velasquez to steer clear of Goularte and his family.

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The alleged capturing took region after Goularte turned into released on a charge of a prison count of a lewd and lascivious act with a baby under the age of 14. Per the San Jose Mercury information, a decide granted him supervised liberate over the objections of prosecutors.

in keeping with court docket documents bought by using ESPN, Velasquez's relative advised police that Goularte took him into the bathroom of a daycare center on Feb. 24 and touched his genitals. The baby informed police that he saw different infants go into the bathroom with Goularte and that Goularte had finished this with him "100 instances." Goularte has denied any wrongdoing and is free without bail. he's scheduled for a preliminary listening to in his own crook case on Nov. 14.

Per KRON, Prosecutor Aaron French contested Velaszquez's unlock on bail.

"The defense is making an attempt to play into the courtroom's emotions by using saying it's unfair that Mr. Velasquez is in custody and Harry Goularte is out of custody," French spoke of, per KRON.

Goularte declined to testify at the hearing whereas invoking his Fifth modification rights in opposition t self-incrimination, KRON reviews. A date for Velasquez's trial changed into not set.

Velasquez, 40, competed in UFC from 2006-19, compiling a 14-3 checklist as a heavyweight. He defeated Brock Lesnar for the heavyweight championship in 2010 earlier than dropping his belt to Junior dos Santos a yr later. He defeated dos Santos in 2012 to reclaim the belt and efficaciously defended it twice before losing to Fabricio Werdum in 2015.

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