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Rachel Begley hopped on a plane as soon as she got the call from Deputy Attorney General Mike Murphy Thursday afternoon.

"And he says, 'Well we're just gonna go ahead and drop the charges and Jimmy is gonna go free.' And I said, 'Really?' I guess I was in shock and the only thing I could think to say was 'That's unfortunate,'" said Begley.

Begley's father, Ralph Boger, former Cabazon Indian vice chairman Fred Alvarez, and friend Patty Castro were killed in 1981 in a home on Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage.

Begley spent nearly 30 years looking for her father's killer. Her hard work lead investigators to reopen the cold case, and last year, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department arrested former tribal security chief turned Christian minister Jimmy Hughes for the killings.

He faces three counts of murder and one county of conspiracy.

She said witnesses came forward who placed Hughes at the scene of the crime.

Prosecutors told Begley there was just not enough evidence to go forward.

"I don't know what the defense could possibly say to repute it because he convicted himself in a lot in this plus we've got these witnesses who are willing to talk," said Begley.

From hitman to man of god. Hughes admitted to shooting at least six people in the head as a professional hitman on the website of the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship.

Begley said she's gotten threats from Hughes' followers in Honduras and in the United States.

She worries someone will get hurt, if he walks.

"If somebody gets hurt from this, in Honduras or here in America or anywhere else, because Jimmy Hughes is out, that's on them, not me because I did all that I could," said Begley.

So far there's no comment from prosecutors or the defense on the possibility of dropping the charges. Begley has stayed tight lipped about the details of evidence against Hughes, until now.

Thursday she plans to speak out at a court hearing for Hughes.

"I'd really appreciate support because I feel really alone so," said Begley.

Her lonely quest for justice, nearly 30 years in the making, now just days away from a crippling setback.

Hughes is being held without bail right now in Blythe. He's expected in court Thursday for a felony settlement conference.