Former UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez has been formally charged with attempted and premeditated murder, amongst other charges, following his part in a shooting in Morgan Hill, California on Monday, last.
Velasquez, 39, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an alleged shooting at 3:14 p.m. local time in Morgan Hill, California on Monday, where one male was shot “at least once”, requiring transportation to hospital where his condition was described as “non-life-threatening”.
Velasquez, a native of Salinas, California was held without bail at the Santa Clara Main Jail, and was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday at noon local time.
Further details of the incident emerged on Tuesday night, where reports detailed Velasquez had shot at a car containing three occupants, including a 43-year-old male who had been accused recently of molesting a close relative of Velasquez’s at a daycare facility.
Reports detailed how Velasquez had targeted the 43-year-old Harry Eugene Goularte during the alleged shooting, however, is reported to have allegedly shot Goularte’s stepfather during the incident who was one of the vehicle’s occupants.
Goularte had been arraigned on Friday, three days before the alleged incident, and was granted supervised release ahead of an appearance in court in April next.
Velasquez, a former two-time undisputed heavyweight champion under the UFC banner, is set to be arraigned on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. local time, on charges of premeditated murder and attempted murder, amongst other charges including, shooting at a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault with a firearm, per court documents.
The Santa Clara County district attorney’s office confirmed the charges against Velasquez, with prosecutors in the state of California detailing how Velasquez had shot a .40 handgun into a vehicle carrying, Goularte, his mother, and his stepfather “multiple times”, as well as ramming their Chevrolet Silverado with his Ford F-240 truck.
“The sad tragedy is that Mr. (Cain) Velasquez chose to take the law into his own hands, endangering the public and everyone in the truck,” Jeff Rosen, district attorney said in a press release. “This act of violence also causes more pain and suffering to his family.” (H/T MMA Fighting)
Update: Story updated at 9:43 GMT to reflect the postponing of Cain Velasquez’s arraignment.
Velasquez’s arraignment has been postponed until Monday, March 7, 2022, at 9 a.m. local time. (H/T Steven Marrocco)
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