Ex-UFC champ Cain Velasquez out on bail in attempted murder case

Cain Velasquez was awarded $1 million bail Tuesday after eight months in prison.

The former UFC heavyweight champion faces attempted murder and 10 other gun-related charges in Santa Clara County, California. Velasquez is accused of stalking and shooting at a man, Harry Goularte, in his vehicle. Goularte is accused of sexually abusing a young relative of Velasquez.

Velasquez said in a civil lawsuit filed in June that Goularte molested Velasquez’s four-year-old son.

Velasquez must wear a GPS tracker and must not come within 300 meters of the alleged victims in the case, according to Velasquez’s attorney, Mark Geragos.

“It’s been a long drudgery and I’m very grateful,” Geragos told ESPN. “Nothing is quite as touching as watching him sink it with his wife Michelle.”

Velasquez, 40, has been in prison since February 28 and pleaded not guilty in August. He was released on bail Tuesday by Judge Arthur Bocanegra at the end of a pretrial hearing after Judge Shelyna Brown previously refused bail four times. Velasquez allegedly shot and killed Goularte’s stepfather, Paul Bender, when he shot into the vehicle Goularte was driving. Bender suffered no serious injuries.

Velasquez followed Goularte’s truck in his own vehicle on an “11-mile high-speed chase” through the city of San Jose, ramming the truck and firing a .40-caliber pistol multiple times at the truck carrying Goularte, Bender, and Goularte’s mother, Patricia, loudly Public prosecutor. Bender was hit by a bullet but sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Velasquez’s son told police on February 24 that Goularte took him into a daycare bathroom and touched his genitals, a court document shows. The child said Goularte told him not to tell anyone what happened and that this situation could have happened “100 times”. The child told police they saw Goularte going to the bathroom with other children too.

Geragos said a hearing is key for Bocanegra to make that decision. He said he’s not sure when the trial will take place, but Velasquez will have an opportunity to go home starting Tuesday.

“Instead of listening to all this exaggeration and nonsense, we had a hearing with cross-examination and witnesses under oath,” Geragos said.

https://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/34981513/ex-ufc-champion-cain-velasquez-freed-bail-murder-case Ex-UFC champ Cain Velasquez out on bail in attempted murder case

Emma Bowman

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