Former UFC heavyweight champion and occasional pro wrestler Cain Velasquez was denied bail Monday in his attempted murder case.
The rationale provided by Santa Clara (California) County Superior Court judge Shelyna Brown was that it was too risky to let Velasquez out on bail because of the "extreme recklessness to human life" in the alleged actions that put him there to begin with.
"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," she said in her decision.
The 39-year-old is next slated to appear in court on April 12th and cannot request bail again unless charges are either added or dropped.
Velasquez was officially charged last Wednesday with attempted premeditated murder, along with nine other charges, related to his alleged targeting of Harry Eugene Goularte, who himself was charged on Friday, February 25th with allegedly molesting one of Velasquez’s relatives who is under ten years old.
Velasquez allegedly followed Goularte’s truck on Monday, February 28th and engaged in a high-speed chase throughout San Jose. He then rammed Goularte’s truck and shot a 40-caliber handgun repeatedly into the truck, striking Goularte’s stepfather, 63-year-old Paul Bender, who was also in the vehicle. He is expected to live.
Velasquez retired from MMA in October 2019 to sign a deal with WWE after two AAA appearances. He competed just twice, notably wrestling Brock Lesnar once in Saudi Arabia before being cut in April 2020.
He returned to AAA in a trios match at last December's TripleMania Regia.