The ongoing saga of former UFC heavyweight champion Kane Velasquez took another small step forward on Friday.
Velasquez pleaded not guilty to multiple charges Friday morning before Judge Jessica Delgado at the Santa Clara County Justice Department in San Jose, California. The 40-year-old former fighter has been charged with attempted murder and related charges after he was involved in a rampage last February that included a high-speed chase on a San Jose freeway in pursuit of a man who allegedly attacked a minor relative of Velasquez. man.
None of the allegations against Velasquez or the defendants in the fighter’s relative’s case have been proven in court. In Velasquez’s case, however, the police report stated that in carrying out the attack, which involved firing at fleeing vehicles, Velasquez hit the wrong person and instead hit the target victim’s stepfather.
Velasquez has been on bail since his arrest and is currently appealing.
According to the report mixed martial arts fan, Velasquez will return to court on August 29 for an in-flight hearing in a private room. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for September 26.
In addition to attempted murder, Velasquez faces the following criminal charges:
- Fire at a motor vehicle or aircraft (single shot)
- Assault with firearm (three counts)
- Assault with lethal weapon (three counts)
- Deliberately removing a firearm from a vehicle (one item)
- Carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony (one count)
The former UFC star, who recently started professional wrestling, faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted.