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Velasquez pleads not responsible to tried homicide

Velasquez pleads not responsible to tried homicide

3:07 PM ET

  • Marc RaimondiESPN Employees Author

Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez pleaded not responsible Friday in an tried homicide case in Santa Clara (California) County, his legal professional Mark Geragos informed ESPN.

Velasquez, 40, is being charged with attempted murder and 10 other gun-related charges stemming from an incident the place he allegedly chased down a person, Harry Goularte — who’s being charged with molesting a younger relative of Velasquez — and capturing a gun into Goularte’s automobile, hitting Goularte’s stepfather, Paul Bender. Velasquez has been in jail since Feb. 28 and has been denied bail on three separate events.

A pre-trial listening to within the case is scheduled for Sept. 26, the place Geragos is anticipating to have the ability to get witnesses to testify, the legal professional stated. If the case isn’t dismissed at that time, he stated, it will then go to trial, which might start earlier than the top of the 12 months.

Geragos stated the prosecution won’t be calling Goularte to testify on the pre-trial listening to or at trial, which he referred to as “nonsense.” There will probably be a movement listening to Aug. 29 to debate whether or not Goularte not being a witness is truthful to Velasquez. Geragos stated the one depend Velasquez is dealing with that might get him life in jail is tried homicide and Goularte is the alleged sufferer of stated cost.

Goularte was launched from custody Feb. 25 with out bail after being arrested on a cost of lewd or lascivious act upon a toddler below the age of 14.

“They’re attempting to desperately run away from the truth that the system failed Cain,” Geragos stated. “They do not wish to get into that. They wish to attempt a case that is divorced from actuality.”

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Geragos added that he finds it a battle that the identical workplace is attempting each Velasquez and Goularte of their respective instances, saying that it’s serving “two masters.”

Velasquez adopted Goularte’s truck in his personal automobile on an “11-mile, high-speed chase” by way of town of San Jose, rammed the truck and fired a 40-caliber handgun a number of occasions into the truck, which carried Goularte, Bender and Goularte’s mom, Patricia, in accordance with the DA’s workplace. Bender was hit with a bullet, although he sustained non-life-threatening accidents.

Velasquez’s relative, who’s below 10 years outdated, informed police Feb. 24 that Goularte took them into the toilet of a daycare middle and touched their genitals, per a court docket doc. The kid stated Goularte stated to not inform anybody what occurred and that this case may need occurred “100 occasions.” The kid informed police that they witnessed Goularte go into the toilet with different children, as effectively.

The daycare is owned by Goularte’s mom. She and Goularte have denied any wrongdoing. Velasquez’s household has additionally filed a negligence and sexual battery lawsuit towards Goularte, Patricia and Bender.

Goularte pleaded responsible to his felony cost in June and is scheduled for an additional court docket date Sept. 20.

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