UFC veteran Cain Velasquez appeared in the Santa Clara County court Friday, submitting a not guilty plea for an attempted murder case.
Velasquez, 40, is facing more than 10 charges stemming from an alleged incident that took place in February. Other charges include shooting at an occupied motor vehicle or aircraft, willfully discharging a firearm from a vehicle, and carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony.
Velasquez is accused of getting into a high-speed car chase and discharging a firearm during an altercation with Harry Goularte – an individual who has been accused of molesting a family member of Velasquez’s.
In February, Velasquez allegedly engaged in an “11-mile, high-speed chase” with a vehicle that carried Goularte and two other family members. Velasquez allegedly “rammed” his vehicle into the one that carried Goularte, then fired a handgun multiple times.
A relative of Goularte suffered non-life threatening injuries due to the incident that allegedly occurred.
At the time of the alleged attack, Goularte was out on bail after being charged with a lewd or lascivious act upon a child under the age of 14.
The pre-trial stage for Velasquez’s case is scheduled to begin on September 26th. He will remain in custody until then – something he has done since early this year.
Velasquez’s legal team has attempted on numerous occasions to get him bail, although the court has denied it in every instance.
Mark Geragos, a high-profile lawyer representing Velasquez, claims the courts aren’t treating his client fairly.
“They’re trying to desperately run away from the fact that the system failed Cain,” said Geragos, in a quote provided to ESPN. “They don’t want to get into that. They want to try a case that’s divorced from reality.”