Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was once again denied bail.
After a nearly one-hour long meeting, Santa Clara County judge Shelyna Brown denied Velasquez’s request for bail in a courtroom on Monday.
According to reporter Nolan King, Velasquez’s attorney argued that the 39-year old should be granted bail and was willing to post a $1 million bond in addition to full-time supervision via electronic monitoring.
Prosecutors argued that Velasquez is still a threat to the alleged victims in the case and should not be granted release.
“Cain Velasquez Has No Respect For Human Life”
During the hearing, Paul Bender, the man allegedly shot in the February 28 incident, claimed that he suffered nerve damage to the point that he can no longer work. Bender is the step-father of Harry Goularte, the individual that appeared to be the intended target of Velasquez after being accused of molesting one of Velasquez’s family members.
“I am fearful for my life as well as the lives of my family,” said Bender per the report from King. “Cain Velasquez has no respect for human life. He does not care about the rule of law. If given the opportunity, I think he will try to finish what he started.”
In the end, the judge denied Velasquez’s request for bail. This means that the former fighter will remain in jail until at least June 10 when he returns to court for a plea hearing.
“This was such a reckless disregard for human life,” said Brown. “In this case it is not just Mr. Goularte and his family. It is every single citizen who was in danger of being shot or rammed with the vehicle at the time of this seven mile chase.”
“So this court is not thinking of not only Mr. Goularte and his family, but this court is also considering every single citizen of Santa Clara county who was in proximity to this alleged incident,” Brown concluded.
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