Santa Clara County Judge Released on Bail Ken Velasquez in Attempted Murder Case

Santa Clara County Judge Released on Bail Ken Velasquez in Attempted Murder Case

Cain Velasquez is a free man – for now.

A judge in Santa Clara County, California, granted bail to the former UFC heavyweight champion on Tuesday after a pre-trial hearing that stretched nearly 13 hours over two days.

“This incident is very serious but appears to be isolated behavior by Mr. Velasquez,” Judge Arthur Bocanegra said. “There is also a viable motive for defending emotion.”

Conditions of Velasquez’s release include a $1 million bond, GPS monitoring and compliance with an expanded set of conditions — no weapons, outpatient TBI/CTE treatment, counseling, search and seizure conditions, and a protective order to stay at least 300 yards away from the alleged. Victims Harry Goularte, Patricia Golarti and Paul Bender.

“the master. velasquezI will not release you if I am not satisfied that on release at this time, eight months later, you will be essentially a danger to Harry Goularte, or Patricia Golarte or pee Bender,” Bocanegra said. “If you were faithful as a husband and father, I trust and must believe that you would not jeopardize anything that would take you away from your son, daughter and family. I hope you won’t prove me wrong.”

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

Attorney General Aaron French has long argued that Velasquez’s actions were reckless and cited the time of day, frequent traffic and proximity to a private school. The Frenchman also indicated that he believed there was nothing stopping Velasquez from “finishing the job”.

Velazquez, 40, has been jailed for more than eight months while facing a few charges, including attempted murder, for allegedly shooting a car carrying Goularte, a man accused of molesting Velazquez’s 4-year-old son, and hitting his stepfather in the arm with a bullet .

His defense attorney, Mark Geragos, had previously requested bail three times but was stopped in every attempt. A petition for an order in a California Court of Appeals was also dismissed. Geragos expressed his relief after the judge’s decision.

“We are happy, and he will be able to go home and begin the healing process,” Gergauss said. NBC Bay Area. “It was a long uphill, and after eight months he’s finally back home.”

Geragos later told MMA Junkie in a text message, “It was a big fight, but today is a good day.”

The pre-trial hearing was initially scheduled for the purpose of judicial review as there was probable cause for charges to go to trial. Five police officers were called as witnesses Monday by the DA and painted a picture of their views on the alleged incident.

The officers, who interacted with Velazquez, confirmed his cooperation during the operation, including stopping his car and placing himself on the ground before lights and sirens, acknowledging possession of a firearm, and presenting him with possible vision of his motives. . These details seem to resonate with Judge Bucanegra.

While the prosecution has largely led the events of Monday’s hearing, Velazquez and Giragos were given the opportunity to present their own presentations and motions on Tuesday. While Geragos refused to call a witness, he made two suggestions. One was denied the attempted murder charge and the other was on bail.

The dismissal request was denied, but bail was eventually granted.

Velasquez is due to appear in court on November 21, when he returns to court.

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