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Judge clears Cain Velasquez to attend wrestling event

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KION-TV) Nov. 23, 2022, at 10:13 a.m.- A judge has cleared Cain Valasquez to leave California and attend an upcoming professional wrestling match in Arizona.

On Tuesday, according to ESPN, Santa Clara County Superior Court judge Arthur Bocanegra granted Velasquez permission to travel to participate in a Lucha Libre event on Dec. 3. 

Under the agreement, home confinement will be temporarily waived, and he will not be required to wear a GPS tracker. 

However, the judge said Velasquez would need to pay law enforcement to be with him at the wrestling show, ESPN reported.

The show will take place at Mullett Arena on the campus of Arizona State University, where Velasquez was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler.

Velasquez entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment Monday morning at a San Jose courtroom on multiple charges, including attempted murder, assault with a firearm, and several additional gun-related charges.

Velasquez, 39, was arrested in February after allegedly shooting from his truck into another vehicle at a man accused of molesting his 4-year-old son. Authorities said he missed his intended target but wounded the man's stepfather.

He was denied bail twice before being granted a $1 million bail on Nov. 8. Conditions require Velasquez to wear a GPS monitor and avoid the alleged victims. 

Former UFC Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez to stand trial on attempted murder charge

UPDATE Nov. 13, 2022, at 3:13 p.m.- A Santa Clara County judge ruled Tuesday that former UFC champion Cain Velasquez must go to trial on attempted murder and other charges stemming from a February shooting.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Arthur Bocanegra announced his ruling after a two-day preliminary hearing on whether or not there was enough evidence to advance the charges to a jury trial next year.

The 40-year-old Velasquez has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder, three counts each of assault with a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon, and three associated gun-crime charges.

Velasquez has been held without bail since his arrest eight months ago. His defense team, led by Mark Geragos, asked the judge on Tuesday to reconsider a plea to allow Velasquez to be released on bail.

Authorities said Morgan Hill police received word around 3 p.m. Feb. 28 of a shooting near the intersection of Cochrane Road and Butterfield Boulevard.

Responding officers arrived to find Paul Bender, Goularte's stepfather, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to police, Velasquez followed Bender's vehicle because Goularte was inside. At the time of the shooting, Bender was driving Goularte to obtain an electronic monitoring bracelet that was a condition of his release from jail.

Velasquez chased the victim's vehicle, a Chevy Silverado, for 11 miles before ramming into it. 

After the collision, authorities said Velasquez opened fire on the vehicle with a handgun, hitting Bender. Goularte's mother, who was in the vehicle, called 911.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, three days earlier, Goularte Jr. was arraigned on a charge of a lewd and lascivious act with a child based on claims that he abused Velasquez's child at a San Martin home daycare run by his mother.  

Velasquez was also granted bail but will have to wear GPS tracking and stay 300 yards away from the victims in the case, according to MMA insider Damon Martin. His bail is set at $ 1 million.

Written by KPIX staff

Former UFC Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez makes court appearance

UPDATE Oct. 14, 2022, at 9:21 a.m.- Former UFC star Cain Velasquez made a court appearance Thursday, four days before his scheduled preliminary hearing.

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge granted requests from Velasquez's attorneys to give access to evidence to an investigation into suspected child predator Harry Goularte. This will be used to beef up Velasquez attempted murder charge defense.

Velasquez is accused of trying to kill Goularte during a high-speed chase on Highway 101 in San Jose in late Feb.

Goularte is suspected of molesting a young family member of Velasquez at a daycare center owned and run by Goularte’s mother. Prosecutors argued Velaquez was acting as a vigilante when he chased Gaularte and ended up shooting Goularte's 63-year-old stepfather.

A judge said the child molestation case and attempted murder case are undeniably intertwined.

Judge Delgado said the two investigations “obviously and undeniably overlap,” and “this is a unique circumstance.” Harry Goularte allegedly victimized a 4-year-old boy, according to court documents.

Harry Goularte

The MMA fighter’s preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin Monday. The accused child molester’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 14, and he remains out of custody without having to pay bail. Velasquez is still incarcerated with no bail.

Former UFC Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez pleads not guilty to attempted murder charges

UPDATE MAY 16, 2022, at 10:21 a.m.- Former UFC star Cain Velasquez pled not guilty in court Friday to attempted murder charges in a Santa Clara County courtroom.

He is accused of trying to kill Harry Goularte, who is suspected of molesting a 4-year-old relative of Velasquez.

“Mr. Velasquez’s conduct on that day of his encounter with Goularte was the result of being severely provoked by seeing Goularte freely out in the community to continue to abuse other children,” Velasquez's attorney wrote in court documents.

Goularte is charged with molesting the relative “hundreds of times” at a daycare owned by his mother, Patricia Goularte, court records said.

A 5-day preliminary hearing for Velasquez will begin on September 26 to see if prosecutors have enough evidence to move the case to a trial.

Former UFC Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez denied bail for second time

UPDATE MAY 16, 2022, at 10:21 a.m.-- Former UFC Champion Cain Velasquez was denied bail for the second time in court on Monday.

He is accused of trying to kill a man that is suspected of molesting a 4-year-old relative of Velasquez.

Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Sheylna Brown said that "the court is not ruled by community opinion at all... It is ruled by the law," according to our Fox affiliate.

Brown also said that what Velasquez did was a "reckless disregard for human life," according to our Fox affiliate.

If convicted, Velasquez faces 10 assault and weapons-related charges that could bring him 20 years of jail time. In March, he was first denied bail and is in custody at the Santa Clara Main Jail.


UPDATE APRIL 12, 2022 at 10:10 a.m.-- Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velazquez has released his first public statement since being arrested for the attempted murder of a man charged with felony child molestation.


UPDATE MARCH 7, 2022, at 12:29 p.m.-- A judge denied bail for former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez on Monday for the attempted murder of a man charged with felony child molestation.

Velasquez's attorney asked the judge for bail to be set so the former MMA fighter could see his family but the judge refused and said the "risk is too great" for public safety, and for the family of the sexual assault suspect Harry Goularte.

A plea to Velasquez's charges was carried over for a hearing on April 12.


UPDATE MARCH 3, 2022 at 6:12 p.m.-- Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. for the attempted murder of a man who is charged with molesting Velasquez's close family member.

Velasquez, 39, fired a handgun several times at a truck carrying Harry Goularte, 43, and two older relatives, then rammed the truck with his own truck, law officials said.

Velasquez began shooting at the victims at Cochran Road and Butterfield Boulevard in Morgan Hill around 3 p.m. Monday.

According to the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office Velasquez then followed the victims' vehicle, being driven by Goularte's stepfather, in his Ford truck.

During an 11-mile, high-speed chase through San Jose, Velasquez rammed his truck into the victims' Chevrolet Silverado and fired several shots from his registered .40 handgun.

The female passenger in the Silverado called 911 for help.

Velasquez was stopped and arrested by Morgan Hill police near Madrone Avenue.

Goularte's step-father was hit in the arm and torso and went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Velasquez is charged with attempted, premeditated murder, and other related charges and could be incarcerated if convicted. 

“The sad tragedy is that Mr. Velasquez chose to take the law into his own hands, endangering the public and everyone in the truck,” Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. “This act of violence also causes more pain and suffering to his family.”

Goularte is facing felony charges of child molestation and was arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court on February 25.

A judge released Goularte without bail under the condition that he stays in home detention in Morgan hill and stays 100 yards away from children under 14 and wears an ankle monitor.

Goularte was on his way to get the monitor when Velasquez attacked.

Goularte was arrested on Feb. 25 after allegedly molesting a child at a daycare that was based at Goularte's home.

Velasquez is expected back in court on Monday for further arraignment.



On Monday the San Jose Police Department was sent to Monterey Highway and Bailey Avenue on reports of a shooting.

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion, and Salinas-born, Cain Velasquez was arrested on suspicion of being involved with the shooting that left one male shot at least once, according to police.

Police said the victim was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Velasquez was booked into Santa Clara County Jail for attempted murder.

The motive for the shooting is still unknown and is being investigated at this time.

Velasquez is scheduled for further arraignment on Monday.

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