On February 28th Cain Velasquez was arrested in relation to a shooting near Monterey Highway and Bailey Avenue in Morgan Hill. It was later reported that Velasquez allegedly shot at a man who had recently been charged with molesting a close relative. In the incident, the man’s step-father was shot and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Days later, it was reported that Velasquez was being charged with attempted murder as well as other crimes as a result of the incident and was being held in the Santa Clara County Jail without bail. He entered a plea of not guilty and was recently granted bail set at $1 million.
As a condition of his release, Cain Velasquez must pay $1 million, be subject to home detention with GPS tracking, which means he won’t be able to leave his residence without allowances from the court. He must also undergo treatment for traumatic brain injury and CTE as well as counseling for parents whose children have suffered sexual abuse.
In addition, the former WWE star’s home will be subjected to search and seizure as he won’t be allowed to have weapons in the home. He must adhere to a 300 ft. protective order to stay away from the shooting victim and his family.
A Santa Clara County Judge Granted Cain Velasquez Permission To Return To Wrestling While On Bail
On November 21st, a report from ESPN’s Marc Raimondi revealed that Cain Velasquez was in talks to return to wrestling if he could get permission from the court to do so while on bail. In a series of tweets, Raimondi stated:
“Per sources, Cain Velasquez’s team has been discussing since last week the possibility of him wrestling on the Lucha Libre AAA show next month in Arizona with the promotion. Still needs approval by the court to do so. But if he gets it, the expectation is he will perform Dec. 3
“Velasquez performing on that show has added meaning for him. The card will take place in Tempe at Mullett Arena, which is at Arizona State University — where Velasquez was a two-time All-American college wrestler.”
Now, MMA Fighting reports that Judge Arthur Bocanegra, the same judge who granted the star’s bail request, has determined that Velasquez will receive special permission to leave the state to wrestle on the AAA show in Arizona. He is quoted as saying:
“Based on the information provided by pre-trial services and all the information that has been provided to the court regarding Mr. Velasquez’s request to travel to Arizona, the court is going to grant the request over the people’s objection.”
Cain Velasquez will be allowed to remove his GPS monitoring device while traveling to Arizona, but must coordinate with law enforcement to have it put back on when he returns to house arrest. The conditions of his release also state that he must be supervised by an Arizona police officer during his trip, and that he will pay the cost of having the officer monitor him.
According to the MMA Fighting report, the Santa Clara County District Attorney strongly objected to Velasquez receiving permission to work the AAA show, pointing out that the event takes place on a college campus and that the school may not want someone awaiting trial for attempted murder on their campus. Nevertheless, Judge Bocanegra sided with Cain Velasquez.
The former WWE star is scheduled to appear before a judge again on December 28th for a pre-trial hearing.