July 2, 2022

Victims in alleged Cain Velasquez shooting going through trauma, intimidation given that attack

An legal professional for the person allegedly shot by Cain Velasquez throughout a higher-velocity chase claims his shopper is dealing with a handful of problems in the wake of the incident.

Paul Bender spoke by movie contact Monday during a bail hearing for Velasquez, who was denied for the second time. Law enforcement say Velasquez shot Bender in the arm even though he targeted Bender’s stepson, Harry Goularte, as they ended up chased in a truck in San Jose, Calif. Velasquez was arrested and charged with tried murder, amid other gun rates. The shooting took place days right after Goularte was arrested and unveiled on bail for alleged “lewd acts” with Velasquez’s 4-calendar year-old son.

“I am fearful for my everyday living, as properly as for the life of my loved ones,” Bender reported Monday as he lobbied for Velasquez not to receive bail.

Bender also claimed to have suffered a severed brachial artery and nerve as a final result of the alleged taking pictures, which has restricted the functionality of his appropriate arm and left him not able to perform.

On Wednesday, Bender’s lawyer, Patrick Steinfeld, shared a photo of Bender’s injuries with MMA Junkie. He included that his shopper is a longtime truck driver, who can no for a longer time go the proper DOT (Division of Transportation) physical examinations owing to absence of mobility in his fingers and arm. Bender is going through physical therapy extended-time period prognosis is unknown.

In accordance to Steinfeld, both of those Bender and Patricia Goularte are dealing with numerous troubles triggered by the alleged incident.

“Patty Goularte stated she was crouched down in the car hiding when she heard the bullets piercing steel of their motor vehicle,” Steinfeld informed MMA Junkie. “They are each going through remedy at this time. I imagine there are heading to be lengthy-expression emotional challenges linked to this capturing.”

Ending what Velasquez commenced?

Paul Bender demonstrates his scar from surgical procedure soon after allegedly remaining shot by Cain Velasquez.

Also, Steinfeld said Bender and Patricia Goularte have encountered numerous instances of intimidation from Velasquez supporters. Law enforcement have been called on numerous events, Steinfeld reported. He also verified a rumor that a molotov cocktail was thrown towards their household on just one situation.

“There has been ongoing intimidation from the Cain Velasquez supporters all through this total proceeding,” Steinfeld claimed. “There have been no functions of aggression, but the spouse and children has been followed. Motor vehicles have stopped in front of their house for very long periods of time and just stared at the Bender home. They’ve been followed to properties of other spouse and children members. Paul Bender and Patty Goularte experience threatened by Cain supporters. They find them quite scary. They anxiety for their life. They are fearful that just one of Cain’s supporters may well consider to finish what Cain has started off.”

Velasquez’s guide defense legal professional, Mark Geragos, informed MMA Junkie this 7 days that he was upset in Decide Shelyna Brown’s denial of bail for his consumer. He extra that he saw irony in the notion that Harry Goularte’s relatives are victims.

“There is a diploma of irony in that the accused pedophile and his presumed co-conspirators are out there hoping to claim the mantle of victim,” Geragos reported. “I’ll depart it at that. I generally choose getting a client out, but Cain is powerful. I seem ahead to vindicating him.”


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‘Trust the judicial system’

In contrast to Geragos, Steinfeld agreed with Brown denying Velasquez bail on Monday.

“(Decide Brown) dismissed his arguments and stored Cain Velasquez in jail wherever we feel he belongs,” Steinfeld explained. “He’s an complete menace to culture. It was apparent on the working day of the capturing. He did not care who noticed him or what the ramifications of his carry out would be. His only worry was killing Harry Goularte.”

Steinfeld requested Velasquez supporters, and the neighborhood as a total, to respect the judicial procedure as the court proceedings keep on.

“The concept that the family members has to the total neighborhood, as very well as the Cain supporters, is to have religion in the judicial procedure and believe in that all victims, younger or aged, are going to have a voice in the judicial procedure,” Steinfeld explained. “Therefore, believe in the judicial system and just enable it perform out. Justice will prevail.”