OAKLAND — A man charged with raping two women in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997 has died after shooting himself with a nail gun, and the case will be dismissed, prosecutors announced Friday.

Gregory Paul Vien of Livermore had been arrested a year ago after DNA evidence linked him to the Alameda County attacks. But a court ordered his release from jail in April because of COVID-19 concerns, the county district attorney’s office said.

After both alleged victims testified at Vien’s preliminary hearing on Nov. 12, Vien shot himself several times with a nail gun and he died from his injuries on Thursday, the DA’s office said in a statement.

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