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Cain Velasquez Granted Bail During Pre-Trial Hearing On Attempted Murder Charges

November 8, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Cain Velasquez was granted bail after eight months in jail on charges of attempted murder stemming from his shooting incident earlier this year. You likely recall that the UFC and WWE alumnus was arrested back in March on charges of attempted murder after he allegedly chased down and shot at a car containing a man named Harry Goularte, who was charged with molesting a young relative of Velasquez’s. MMA junkie reports that during a 13-hour pre-trial hearing that took place over two days, the judge in the case granted Velasquez a $1 million bail with conditions.

The bail came a requirement of GPS monitoring of Velasquez; compliance to not being in use of any weapons; CTE/TBI outpatient treatment and counseling; and a protective order to stay at least 300 yards away from the Goularte, his mother Patricia, and stepfather Paul Bender. Patricia Goularte was in the car when Velasquez shot at him and runs the daycare faciilty where Harry Goularte allegedly committed the offenses, and Bender was driving the car and was shot by Velasquez during the incident.

According to the report, the judge told Velasquez, “This incident is extremely serious but appears to be isolated behavior by Mr. Velasquez. There is also a viable heat of passion defense…. Mr. Velasquez, I would not release you if I was not convinced that upon a release at this time, eight months later, that you would be a danger to Harry Goularte primarily, Patricia Goularte or Paul Bender. If you are as devoted a husband and father, I’m confident and have to believe you will not jeopardize anything that would take you away from your son, your daughter, your family. I hope you don’t prove me wrong.”

Velasquez replied, “I won’t, your honor.”

Velasquez was previously denied bail multiple times in the case, for which he is charged with first-degree attempted murder and 10 other gun-related charges. Velasquez is scheduled to be arraigned on November 21st.

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