Jury selection is different from trial. The seated jury - the people who are selected to actually hear the case - can make a verdict only on what is presented in court, not by what was mentioned during jury selection.
If the victim is now unavailable, the rules of evidence may allow the prosecutor to present some other evidence of what the victim claims. That all is very fact-dependent, but usually involves statements the victim made to the police or if the defendant held a preliminary exam, statements the victim made there.
It is possible to still be found guilty of a crime without a victim, but obviously not having a victim available to testify makes the prosecutor's job harder.
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