Ex-UFC champion Cain Velasquez request for writ denied by appeals court

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An appeal filed by the legal team of the incarcerated former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was refused.

California’s Sixth Court of Appeals denied a writ of habeas corpus in an order issued Wednesday, according to a court filing obtained by MMA Junkie.

The 246 page requestwho challenged previous rulings by Santa Clara County Judge Shelyna Brown denying Velasquez bailwas summarily denied, that is to say without explanation.

Velasquez’s lead attorney, Mark Geragos, did not immediately respond to MMA Junkie’s request for comment.

Facing a handful of charges, including attempted murder, Velasquez is set for a preliminary hearing Nov. 7 in San Jose, Calif. His alleged shooting target, accused child molester Harry Goularte, will have a preliminary hearing of his own accord on November 14. Goularte faces a charge of lewd acts with a minor, believed to be Velasquez’s 4-year-old son.

Velasquez, 40, faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted. Goularte, which is currently out on bail, faces up to eight years if convicted. Velasquez and Goularte pleaded not guilty.

A civil lawsuit filed by the Velasquez family against the Goularte family is in the preliminary phase with the next hearing scheduled for March 2023.

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