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 tried homicide and 10 different gun-related prices 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 might then go to trial, which may start earlier than the top of the 12 months.
Geragos stated the prosecution is not going to be calling Goularte to testify on the pre-trial listening to or at trial, which he referred to as “nonsense.” There will likely be a movement listening to Aug. 29 to debate whether or not Goularte not being a witness is honest to Velasquez. Geragos stated the one depend Velasquez is going through 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 baby 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 strive a case that is divorced from actuality.”
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” via 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 previous, informed police Feb. 24 that Goularte took them into the lavatory of a daycare heart and touched their genitals, per a courtroom 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 lavatory with different children, as nicely.
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 in opposition to Goularte, Patricia and Bender.
Goularte pleaded responsible to his felony cost in June and is scheduled for an additional courtroom date Sept. 20.