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Alleged Victim's Death could make case harder to prosecutor

Gary Dillingham, 71 Gary Dillingham, 71
The alleged victim in an ongoing Hopkins County sex abuse investigation has died.  And with her death, the commonwealth attorney's office says it will be more difficult to prosecute the man charged in the case.  

The alleged victim in the case died on Saturday from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 71-year-old Gary Dillingham was arrested in February after being accused of sexually abusing an adult woman. Dillingham is charged with five counts of rape and three counts of sodomy. Commonwealth Attorney Kathy Senter says the woman's death makes a huge difference in the case. Senter says not having her testimony makes the case difficult to prosecute. “In this case our victim has passed away recently. It takes away the defendants right to confront and cross examine that witness at trial. So it is very difficult to continue to prosecute," said Senter.

Dillingham will have a pretrial conference on Monday morning in Hopkins County.

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