Cain Velasquez isn’t leaving jail anytime soon.
The former UFC Champion was arrested last week for attempted murder. Velasquez hunted down an accused pedophile in his car before ultimately shooting someone else entirely. He could be facing more than 20 years in prison, if he is convicted for the 10+ charges against him.
No Bail For Velasquez
Velasquez would be denied bail on Monday, in a court hearing. Judge Shelyna Brown’s decision would be made despite arguments from Velasquez’s attorney Mark Geragos and deputy district attorney Aaron French.
It looks like Velasquez will have to sleep inside a jail cell for the next month.
Judge Brown defends her decision, stating that ‘the risk is too great’ to let Cain out of jail before his next court date.
“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,” Judge Brown said. “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.
“Ramming a vehicle in the middle of the day where are citizens are out driving, going about their business and shooting out of a car at other individuals, which is reckless by any standard. Anyone could have been injured. Anyone could have been killed and when this court looks at article 1, section 12, it is this level of risk that the court must take into consideration. With that said, this court is making the ruling that the risk is too great and that there will be no bail set at this time.”
Much criticism has been made following this result. Why did accused molester Harry Goularte get bail in his case and not Velasquez? That seems to be the backlash from many people currently.
The UFC star’s attorney Mark Geragos would try his best to get Velasquez home. He argued that Velasquez wasn’t going to flee anywhere, showing he obtained his and his wife’s passports. The court also received 37 support letters for the retired UFC Champ.
Geragos wanted bail for Velasquez so he could go home to his family while awaiting trial. That wouldn’t be the case, with the judge’s verdict going a different route.
Cain Velasquez will now await his trial date of April 12th, in jail.