The attempted murder trial of former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has once again been delayed.
Judge Panteha Saban granted a request made by Velasquez’s attorney on Wednesday with the new anticipated trial date being August 2. This is the third time that the high-profile trial has been pushed back.
Velasquez, 40, faces a slew of charges, the most serious being premeditated attempted murder. In February 2022, Velasquez was arrested without incident shortly after engaging in an 11-mile high-speed chase with another vehicle. According to reports, Velasquez allegedly chased a vehicle while firing multiple rounds from a .40 caliber handgun, his intended target being passenger Harry Goularte, the man accused of molesting Velasquez’s son at a daycare facility owned by his mother, Patty Goularte.
Velasquez spent eight long months in jail with requests for bail repeatedly denied, the presiding judge suggesting that the ex-UFC star would use his freedom as an opportunity to once again pursue revenge against Goularte. In November, Judge Arthur Bocanegra granted his release on a $1 million bond. Since then, Velasquez has been permitted to appear at professional wrestling and charity events while he awaits trial.
During the incident, Harry Goularte’s stepfather, Paul Bender was reportedly struck in the arm by a bullet causing non-life-threatening injuries.
If found guilty, Cain Velasquez could face life in prison.
As for Harry Goularte, the alleged child molester is expected to face trial after being charged with one felony count of lewd acts with a minor under the age of 14. Goularte, along with his mother and stepfather, were all the subject of a civil suit filed in a Santa Clarita County court last June. In the document, Patty Goularte and Paul Bender are said to have “allowed this behavior and conduct to occur and continue to occur and failed to adequately monitor and supervise [the victim] and Harry.”
“Despite the warnings, observations, and signs of inappropriate behavior and conduct, Harry, at all times, remained permitted to reside on the property of Patty’s Childcare,” the document states.