Cain Velasquez is currently in jail awaiting trial in connection with the alleged attempted murder of the man who was arrested for allegedly assaulting a young relative of the former UFC champion.
As Velasquez awaits possible bail, an attorney unrelated to the case has offered his expert opinion on Velasquez’s chances when his case finally goes to trial.
“It’s not a complicated case,” veteran defense attorney Steve Cooley told MMA Fighting. “Anyone who says it’s nuanced because their motive was to get revenge on the [alleged] molesting someone he loved, that somehow mitigated – not really.
The MMA community overwhelmingly supports Velasquez, despite his actions, after the shooting. Velasquez was arrested after taking part in an 11-mile high-speed chase to try to catch Harry Goularte. In the chase, Velasquez allegedly shot Goularte’s stepfather, Paul Bender, 63, who was in the car with Goularte and his mother, on his way to have Goularte installed for an ankle monitor.
“There’s no defense of ‘I got mad because he really hurt someone I loved,'” Cooley told the outlet.
Cooley explains that a plea will be the best course of action for Velasquez, who could potentially use a career brain injury as a possible defense.
“He needs to be mentally evaluated by legitimate medical professionals…because something was wrong with him,” Cooley told the outlet.
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An additional attorney pointed out that the fact that the wrong target was injured could also prove detrimental to his case.
“Even if a jury says, ‘We can understand anger and we can understand how it could cause a normally law-abiding person to react that way’, there really is no excuse for him shooting a car. and punches Mr. Bender,” attorney Alison Triessl told MMA Fighting.
Additionally, if the shooting victims were unarmed, it could also prove to be a blow to Velasquez’s case.
“It’s very difficult to see a full defense here,” defense attorney Javier Rios told the outlet. “Unless the alleged victim was armed with a weapon and attacked [Velasquez] first or threatened [Velasquez] first, what I haven’t seen, the case is looking more and more like one where you’re just trying to get the best deal possible.
None of the three lawyers interviewed by Outlet seemed to be hoping for an easy defense for Velasquez.
“It’s sad,” Cooley told the outlet. “He wasted his life. But you know what, it happens every day. … He wasted his life in a moment of spite, anger, uncontrolled emotion, thinking he could take the law into his own hands.