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Accused killer Oral "Nick" Hillary will be released from jail.

A St. Lawrence County Court judge has agreed to let Hillary out on $150,000 bond, but not without conditions.

However, Hillary appeared to lose an important point as well - the judge ruled against Hillary's effort to have certain statements he made suppressed.


In a ruling filed Thursday, Judge Jerome Richards is requiring Hillary to surrender his passport and enhanced driver's license prior to his release from jail.

Hillary must first appear in court, presumably next week, for the judge to formally set conditions before he can be released.

The judge's order also prohibits Hillary from leaving St. Lawrence County without first getting permission from the court.

The only exception would be if Hillary met with his lawyers.

Richards said he was sent numerous letters from members of the community opposing Hillary's release.

"Those letters have not been considered by the court. They were an inappropriate attempt to influence the court," said Richards.

He also said Hillary "is presumed innocent as a matter of law and is entitled to the benefits of that presumption right up until the very moment if and when a jury of his peers finds him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt."

Hillary is accused of strangling and smothering 12 year old Garrett Phillips in Potsdam in October 2011.

See judge's order for the bond


After being questioned by Potsdam police and identified as a "person of interest" in 2011, Hillary began a lawsuit against the village, and made statements during the course of that lawsuit.

Hillary's lawyers have been fighting to keep those statements out of the criminal case, but Judge Richards ruled against a motion to suppress them, or to hold a hearing on whether Hillary made the statements voluntarily.

Judge Richards noted that Hillary's lawyers " not establish a...claim that the defendant's statements were involuntarily made."

See judge's order regarding Hillary's statements

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Friday, December 2, 2016
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