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Gone Girl couple falsely accused of making up rape and kidnap prepares to marry this weekend

Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn will marry this weekend, just days after learning they would not longer face the possibility of being cross-examined by their alleged attacker

The wrongly-accused California couple at the center of the so-called Gone Girl rape and kidnapping is due to get married this weekend.

Matthew Muller, 41, was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2017 after pleading guilty to breaking into the Vallejo, California, home of Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn, both 33, when they were sleeping in 2015.

Prosecutors said that Muller, a disbarred Harvard University-trained lawyer, tied the couple up, drugged them and then kidnapped and raped Huskins over a two-day ordeal.

Police initially believed the kidnapping was so elaborate and bizarre that they dismissed it as a real life ‘Gone Girl’ hoax plotted by the two victims, Huskins and Quinn.

Muller, who is now seeking to have his conviction vacated, had been cleared to represent himself, meaning that he would have the opportunity to cross-examine Huskins — his alleged rape victim — and Quinn on the witness stand during a preliminary hearing.

But, on Monday, Mueller agreed to be represented by a public defender instead and the hearing was postponed until October 22, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Huskins posted this Facebook message after the couple heard that alleged attacked Matthew Muller would be represented by a public defender in a hearing to vacate his conviction

Huskins posted this Facebook message after the couple heard that alleged attacked Matthew Muller would be represented by a public defender in a hearing to vacate his conviction

The couple also learned that Muller's hearing was postponed until October 22

The couple also learned that Muller’s hearing was postponed until October 22

Police initially believed the March 2015 kidnapping was so elaborate and bizarre that they dismissed it as a real life 'Gone Girl' hoax plotted by victims Huskins  and Quinn

Police initially believed the March 2015 kidnapping was so elaborate and bizarre that they dismissed it as a real life ‘Gone Girl’ hoax plotted by victims Huskins  and Quinn

Matthew Muller, 40, was sentenced to 40 years in prison last year after pleading guilty to breaking into the Vallejo home of Denise Huskins, 32, and Aaron Quinn, 33, when they were sleeping in 2015

Huskins was a Marine at one time in his life

Matthew Muller, 41, was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2017 after pleading guilty to breaking into the Huskins and Quinn’s Vallejo, California home in 2015

‘We can leave all this alone for a little bit and enjoy a fabulous wedding weekend!’ Huskins wrote on Facebook Monday. 

‘Thank you all again for the thoughts, prayers and support! It made an incredible difference! No matter what, when it comes, we are ready.’ 

Huskins and Quinn are due to marry on Saturday. 

When Huskins first went missing in March 2015, police deployed 40 officers in the hopes of securing her return, and after she was found, publicly claimed her ordeal had been a hoax, along the lines of the film Gone Girl.         

She filed a defamation claim and won, resulting in a damages payout and a private apology from police, but has continued to struggle in her fight for justice against her alleged captor. 

Matthew Muller spoke out for the first time in a prison interview with NBC to claim he is not guilty in the 2015 Gone Girl kidnapping case he pleaded guilty to in 2017

Matthew Muller spoke out for the first time in a prison interview with NBC to claim he is not guilty in the 2015 Gone Girl kidnapping case he pleaded guilty to in 2017

Huskins and her fiance, Aaron Quinn, were subpoenaed on Wednesday to testify at a preliminary hearing, during which the pair may be cross-examined by Muller, as he does not have any legal counsel acting on his behalf.  

Upon finding out that they stood the possibility of being cross-examined by Muller, Huskins wrote on Facebook on September 19, ‘I honestly don’t even have words to describe what we are feeling.’

The soon-to-be bride said the couple were in need of support as the trial approached, but would not let what could be an incredibly traumatic experience affect their big day. 

‘We welcome any and all thoughts, prayers and support. We surely will need it as we enter this next battle,’ she wrote. 

‘But we will be ready to celebrate on our wedding day!’

Prosecutors have alleged Muller used a remote-controlled drone to spy on his victims before breaking into their home, blindfolding and tying them up in March 2015.

He made them drink a sleep-inducing liquid before playing a pre-recorded message that made it seem as if there was more than one kidnapper. 

Authorities said Muller then put Huskins in the trunk of car and drove to California’s South Lake Tahoe where he held her hostage for two days and allegedly raped her twice while demanding a $15,000 ransom from her boyfriend. 

Muller was given the 40 year sentence as part of a deal for pleading guilty to the kidnapping charge in federal court. 

He has since claimed he is not guilty, and will be fighting the charges of raping Huskins and assaulting Quinn in court.

When explaining why he initially pleaded guilty, Muller told NBC he had fallen into severe depression while being held at a Sacramento jail and didn’t care what happened to him.

He added he had wanted to help the couple in some way by taking the deal.  

Muller has denied he had planned the timing of the court case to cause Huskins and Quinn more pain.

‘I did not control the timing on this. To suggest somehow I’ve plotted to make this happen right before they got married is ridiculous,’ he said.   

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk