Garrett Phillips' Mother Leaves Grand Jury Room In Tears


A St. Lawrence County grand jury is hearing testimony Monday in the two-and-a-half year old homicide of Garrett Phillips of Potsdam.

Phillips' mother left the grand jury room in tears after giving testimony in her son's death.

District Attorney Mary Rain was seen comforting a teary-eyed and very emotional Tandy Cyrus as they left the proceeding.

Close to two dozen people have been subpoenaed to testify in the October 2011 death of 12 year old Garrett Phillips.

Rain and her chief assistant, David Haggard, began bringing in police investigators, including Potsdam Police Lt. Mark Murray and state police Investigator Ted Levinson, who have been working on the case since Phillips died in October 2011.

Onondaga District Attorney William Fitzpatrick is also in Canton as evidence is being presented.

Rain recently met with top state prosecutors, including Fitzpatrick, and decided to present the evidence to a grand jury.

The 12 year old boy was strangled and smothered with a pillow in his mother's Market Street upstairs apartment.

No one would or could talk to us about the proceeding which, by law, is supposed to be closed and secret.

Once testimony is completed - which could take a couple of days - it will be up to the grand jury to decide whether to hand up an indictment containing criminal charges or whether to issue a "no bill," which means there wasn't enough evidence to warrant further prosecution.

Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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