Former UFC star Cain Velasquez was denied bail on attempted murder charges after a Santa Clara judge said the “risk is too great.”
Velasquez, 39, was arrested and charged after allegedly shooting a firearm toward a car and leaving one person wounded on March 2.
Judge Shelyna Brown called Velasquez “reckless,” and may attempt to hurt Harry Goularte, 43, who was the alleged target in this case.
“The facts are clear here this was an alleged act of violence that involved following the individuals, chasing the individuals, ramming the individuals, and firing at the individuals at point-blank range,” Brown said. “The risk is too great and there will be no bail set at this time.”
In the incident, Velasquez allegedly chased Goularte and his parents in his Ford F-150 and rammed it into their vehicle before allegedly shooting and striking Goularte’s father.
“One adult male shot at least once transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” San Jose PD Tweeted on February 28, the night of the incident.
Goularte was charged with molesting a child believed to be related to Velasquez, and was granted supervised release three days before the incident with the former UFC fighter.
“Is there anybody out there who finds it to be beyond the pale, that a father was not consulted when they released the perpetrator back into the public with $0 bail, yet they’re holding Cain on no bail?” Velasquez’s lawyer Mark Geragos said in a press briefing Monday. “This is why people are disgusted and rightfully so with the criminal justice system.”
Gregaros added that a high bail and supervision of Velasquez would have been enough to curtail the risk Judge Brown had addressed.
Velasquez has received support across the mixed martial arts world, with several notable figures writing letters to judge Brown, including UFC President Dana White and fellow fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov, Henry Cejudo and Kamaru Usman, according to TMZ.
Velasquez faces 10 counts of attempted murder and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, April 12.