Family says Randy Deskin's hanging follows months of death threats

By Maggie Vespa

August 10, 2012 Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM CDT

GREEN VALLEY, Ill.-- It's a case that gripped parts of central Illinois for months.

Now, another deadly twist in the 2009 murder of Mason City native Dustin Englebrecht leaves a local family, once again, in mourning.

Authorities say the body of Englebrecht's cousin Randy Deskin, was found hanging from a tree Thursday, just outside the town of Green Valley, where he lived with his mom and other family members.

Deskin was accused and found not guilty of Englebrecht's murder.

His relatives tell us, since his acquittal, Deskin had been receiving death threats. Some threatened to bomb his mother's house.

They believe the constant fear pushed him over the edge, causing him to take his own life.

"He didn't understand why all of his friends and all of his family were going against him," said Lacey Clancy, Deskin's niece. "He was confused, you know. It didn't make sense to him at all."

Tazewell County Sheriff Bob Huston says authorities have not officially ruled the death a suicide.

"What we'll try to do is piece together what was going on in Mr. Deskin's life the last few days or the last few months, and if the investigation should lead us in the direction that anyone else might have been involved, then we'll certainly pursue those leads," said Huston.

Our attempts to contact relatives of Dustin Englebrecht were unsuccessful.