Former UFC champ pleads not guilty to attempted murder

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez pleaded not guilty Monday to felony attempted murder, assault and weapons in a case involving a man who allegedly sexually abused one of Velasquez’s children.

Velasquez was charged in March in San Jose, Calif., after allegedly shooting at a van carrying a man accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old family member.

Prosecutors said that on February 28, Velasquez chased a van carrying the man and his parents at high speed through three Silicon Valley towns and rammed it with his own truck. He fired a .40 caliber pistol multiple times at the vehicle, wounding the man’s father-in-law, who was driving, in the arm and torso, prosecutors said.

Velasquez was released from jail Nov. 9 on $1 million bail and ordered to wear a GPS tracking device.

After pleading, Velasquez asked the judge to allow him to travel next month to Arizona State University to wrestle at a Lucha Libre event on Dec. 3, KNTV-TV reported.

The judge did not rule on the request for out-of-state travel.


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