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Cain Velasquez plea hearing moved to June 30

The plea hearing of Cain Velasquez has been postponed.

There were many Velasquez supporters in attendance June 10 at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose, California, including former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov outside of the courtroom. Judge S. Franco after hearing the arguments of Velasquez attorney Mark Geragos and district attorney representative Aaron French for a continuance, issued a new plea hearing date of June 30.

“We’ve discussed at sidebar we’re working through discovery issues and we need to set this, with the court’s blessing, for June 30 in this courtroom,” Geragos said. “If we can’t work out our discovery issues, I’ll follow the court’s procedures for the other court and we can set a date, hopefully before that date. This to reserve a date in this court.”

Discovery is a legal expression for the process of pre-trial or pre-hearing exchanging information between two lawsuit parties. The information can include witnesses, documents, or other pieces of evidence.

“We believe that there are other victims out there,” Geragos said outside to NBC Bay Area. “We’ve urged the public to come forward. We understand it’s a delicate situation. If there are other victims there, we want to make sure they come forward.”

The bail hearing postponement comes after being denied bail on May 16.

Velasquez is charged with attempted murder, amoung other related charges of shooting at                                                                                                                                                      a motor vehicle, assault with a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, willfully discharging a firearm from a vehicle, and carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony.

The former UFC heavyweight champion faces a jail term of over 20 years if convicted of the charges.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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