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Former UFC star Cain Velasquez pleads not guilty to attempted murder, gun charges after shooting

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Former UFC star Cain Velasquez officially pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and a number of other charges Friday in San Jose, California. .

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currently due in court then 26 September. He is, but the appeal of that ruling is still pending.

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in the bay area. Police said Velázquez once followed Gularte’s parents to pick him up and then chased the three of them for a while before once shooting at their car. Velazquez then allegedly crashed into their car, fired several more shots and hit Goulart’s stepfather in the arm and torso, after which he fled the scene. The chase went on for almost 11 miles.

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The incident came just days after Goulart was charged in a separate case. Goulart was charged with one count of indecent and lascivious conduct against a child under the age of 14 after he allegedly molested a young relative of Velázquez in kindergarten.

Gularte, 43, allegedly took relative Velasquez to the bathroom at a kindergarten run by his mother and touched the child’s genitals “100 times”. Goulart was released after his arrest and denied the allegations.

, and face 10 more gun-related charges. He could face over 20 years in prison.

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion since his arrest, including from UFC President Dana White and stars like Khabib Nurmagomedov, Daniel Cormier and Henry Cejudo.

, Velázquez’s lawyers and prosecutors are arguing over how to include Gularte’s case in the trial. The district attorney wants only part of this investigation to be included in Velasquez’s trial as the investigation continues.

“Harry Goulart was fundamental and critical of what he saw and how the investigation into Mr. Cain Velasquez was going,” said Rene Hessling, one of Velasquez’s lawyers. . “To say that he should just be taken out of the equation entirely and pretend he doesn’t exist and just completely ignore his presence or what role he plays in this, I think is a fabrication. I don’t think it’s practical. I think this is fundamentally unfair to Mr. Velasquez.”

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 7: SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 7: Cain Velasquez is photographed during a hearing at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice on Monday, March 7, 2022 in San Jose, California.  Velazquez allegedly shot at a car carrying a man accused of molesting his underage relative and wounded the defendant's stepfather in South San Jose.  (Photo by Arik Crabb/MediaNews Group/East Bay Times via Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 7: SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 7: Cain Velasquez is photographed during a hearing at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice on Monday, March 7, 2022 in San Jose, California. Velazquez allegedly shot at a car carrying a man accused of molesting his underage relative and wounded the defendant’s stepfather in South San Jose. (Photo by Arik Crabb/MediaNews Group/East Bay Times via Getty Images)



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