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Cain Velasquez denied bail for third time

Aug. 5 is next scheduled court date for former UFC heavyweight champion

Cain Velasquez remains behind bars after a third bail attempt this past Monday by his lawyer at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice.

According to a report by MMA Junkie, Judge Shelyna Brown shot down arguments from lead defence attorney Mark Geragos that Harry Goularte, Patricia Goularte, and Paul Bender and their decisions not to testify in a civil lawsuit constituted the change of circumstance needed to overturn the denial of bail to Velasquez.

Judge Brown was also unsympathetic to the notion that Velasquez was willing to post a $1 million bond and adhere to all terms and conditions of the bail. She dismissed the testimony status of the Goulartes and Bender as irrelevant and cited the the high risk factor that releasing Velasquez poses.

The prosecution, lead by the District Attorney Office lead lawyer Aaron French, argued that the testimony status for the above mentioned people had not been decided.

This means that Velasquez will remain in prison and is due back in court on Aug. 5 for a motion hearing and then on Aug. 19 for a plea hearing.

Meanwhile, the Velasquez family has filed a civil lawsuit against the Goulartes and Bender, alleging their 4-year-old son was molested by Harry Goularte. The first hearings for this trial are expected to begin on Sept. 6. In addition, Harry Goularte has pleaded not guilty to charges of lewd acts with a child and will have a preliminary trial hearing on Sept. 20.

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.

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

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