Eight months after being charged with attempted murder, former WWE star Cain Velasquez has been granted bail.
In late February, former WWE star Cain Velasquez was arrested after allegedly going on a high speed car chase that ended with him shooting at a man named Harry Goularte who’d recently been charged with molesting the MMA standout’s close relative. The man’s stepfather ended up being shot in the incident, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. Velasquez was charged with attempted murder for the incident and incarcerated in the Santa Clara County Jail.
Cain Velasquez underwent a pre-trial hearing on November 7th and 8th, and presiding judge Arthur Bocanegra granted a motion for bail, meaning that he will be able to go home for the first time in eight months as he awaits trial on November 21st. Bail was set at $1 million, and he will be subject to home incarceration enforced by GPS tracking, meaning he will be unable to leave his residence without express exception from the court.
Another condition of his being granted bail is that he will undergo treatment for traumatic brain injury and CTE, as well as attending therapy for parents whose children have been sexually abused. There is also a protective order in place that states Cain Velasquez may not go within 300ft of Goularte, his mother, or his stepfather (who was the one shot in the incident).
Speaking on the matter, presiding judge Arthur Bocanegra explained that he would not have allowed bail for Cain Velasquez if he believed the former UFC star posed a threat:
“Mr. Velasquez, I would not release you if I was not convinced that finally a release at this time, eight months later, that you would be a danger to Harry Goularte, primarily, Patricia Goularte or Paul Bender or the public.
“But if you are as devoted as a husband and father, I have to believe and I’m confident he will not jeopardize anything that would take away from your son, your daughter or your family. I hope you don’t prove me wrong.”
Cain Velasquez became UFC Heavyweight Champion when he defeated Brock Lesnar in in 2010. He made his pro wrestling debut in 2019 for AAA, and he found himself in WWE in a matter of months. He once again squared off against Brock Lesnar as part of Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. He was released from WWE in April of 2020 as a result of budget cuts.