Previous UFC heavyweight winner Cain Velasquez pleaded not guilty Friday in an tried murder case in Santa Clara (California) County, his legal professional Mark Geragos told ESPN.
Velasquez, 40, is staying billed with tried murder and 10 other gun-linked prices stemming from an incident where he allegedly chased down a man, Harry Goularte — who is staying charged with molesting a young relative of Velasquez — and capturing a gun into Goularte’s motor vehicle, hitting Goularte’s stepfather, Paul Bender. Velasquez has been in jail given that Feb. 28 and has been denied bail on 3 separate situations.
A pre-demo hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 26, exactly where Geragos is anticipating to be capable to get witnesses to testify, the legal professional reported. If the scenario is not dismissed at that position, he stated, it would then go to trial, which could start out right before the conclude of the year.
Geragos said the prosecution will not be calling Goularte to testify at the pre-demo listening to or at trial, which he referred to as “nonsense.” There will be a motion hearing Aug. 29 to focus on no matter whether Goularte not being a witness is honest to Velasquez. Geragos reported the one particular rely Velasquez is dealing with that could get him existence in jail is attempted murder and Goularte is the alleged victim of reported demand.
Goularte was introduced from custody Feb. 25 with no bail after remaining arrested on a charge of lewd or lascivious act on a boy or girl less than the age of 14.
“They’re attempting to desperately operate away from the fact that the technique unsuccessful Cain,” Geragos mentioned. “They don’t want to get into that. They want to check out a case that’s divorced from fact.”
Geragos extra that he finds it a conflict that the same place of work is trying both equally Velasquez and Goularte in their respective situations, indicating that it is serving “two masters.”
Velasquez adopted Goularte’s truck in his individual auto on an “11-mile, large-speed chase” through the city of San Jose, rammed the truck and fired a 40-caliber handgun many periods into the truck, which carried Goularte, Bender and Goularte’s mom, Patricia, according to the DA’s business. Bender was hit with a bullet, nevertheless he sustained non-everyday living-threatening injuries.
Velasquez’s relative, who is below 10 a long time old, told law enforcement Feb. 24 that Goularte took them into the lavatory of a daycare heart and touched their genitals, per a courtroom document. The boy or girl said Goularte reported not to convey to anyone what transpired and that this scenario may well have happened “100 instances.” The child told law enforcement that they witnessed Goularte go into the rest room with other young children, as very well.
The daycare is owned by Goularte’s mother. She and Goularte have denied any wrongdoing. Velasquez’s relatives has also submitted a carelessness and sexual battery lawsuit versus Goularte, Patricia and Bender.
Goularte pleaded responsible to his prison cost in June and is scheduled for another court day Sept. 20.