Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has been denied bail by judge Shelyna Brown in the most recent update to his attempted murder case.
The arraignment that took place today, saw Judge Brown hear arguments from both Velasquez’ attorney as well as deputy district attorney Aaron French. After both parties had made their arguments, she ruled that he would be denied bail. Brown prefaced the decision by placing emphasis on the danger she believes Velasquez poses to the Santa Clara community.
“It is clear to this court that there is clear and convincing evidence that there is a substantial likelihood that release would result in great bodily injury, not just to the named complaining witnesses in this case but to Santa Clara residents at large. This case involves allegations of extreme recklessness to human life.
“Anyone could have been killed and when this court looks at article 1, section 12, it is this level of risk that the court must take into consideration. With that said, this court is making the ruling that the risk is too great and that there will be no bail set at this time.”
This ruling comes in light of Velasquez arrest on February 28, after he allegedly chased down and shot at accused pedophile Harry Goularte. Goularte’s stepfather was hit and injured during the shooting.
A week prior, Goularte was arrested for allegedly committing lewd acts on one of Velasquez’s children. It has been reported that this abuse could have occurred as often as “100 times” during daycare. Nothing came of this arrest however, with Goularte being released from police custody on a bond, despite the district attorney’s objections.
One of the arguments put forth during the arraignment by Velasquez’ attorney, Mark Geragos, was that Cain was not a flight risk. The lawyer believes that Velasquez did not intend to flee the country before a trial or bail hearing.
In addition to this, he added that the court had received 37 letters of support for his client. He also took Cain’s and his wife’s passports to prove they wouldn’t go anywhere. The bail request which he had issued was made in the hope that Velasquez could return to the company of his family whilst awaiting his day in court.
Geragos spoke to KRON 4 after the bail request was denied, showing his frustration with the decision that was made whilst also attempting to appeal to the public.
“Is there anybody out there who would say to a father, that this is not what you should do? 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. This is why people are disgusted, and rightfully so with the criminal justice system.”
Geragos works for his own internationally known trial lawyer firm, Geragos and Geragos and has worked for celebrities such as Winona Ryder and Michael Jackson. His website profile boasts multiple accolades.
“Geragos is the only lawyer besides Johnnie Cochran ever named “Lawyer of the Year” in both Criminal and Civil arenas. California Law Business Magazine named Geragos “One of the 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California” three years in a row, and Geragos has repeatedly been voted by his peers as one of Los Angeles’ SuperLawyers.”
Another bail request cannot be issued unless the district attorney either adds or drops charges to the ongoing case.
After today, Velasquez remains in custody awaiting trial. He is currently charged with attempted murder on top of multiple felonies relating to gun-misuse. Currently his next court date is set to be the April 12, over a month from now.