Grand Jury To Hear Evidence In Garrett Phillips Case


7 News has learned that at least two dozen subpoenas were served on witnesses this week ordering them to the St. Lawrence County courthouse on Monday.

That's when District Attorney Mary Rain and Chief Assistant DA David Haggard will begin presenting evidence to the grand jury.

Garrett Phillips was 12 years old when he was killed in October 2011.

Investigators said he was strangled and smothered to death inside the Potsdam apartment he shared with his mother.

Sources close to the investigation tell us among those being subpoenaed to testify is the teenage daughter of Clarkson University men's soccer coach Oral "Nick" Hillary.

Hillary was questioned by Potsdam police but never charged and has sued the village.

Those with knowledge of the investigation told 7 News the daughter's testimony is considered the most critical because she originally provided him with an alibi early in the investigation.

Garrett Phillips' mother, Tandy Cyrus, and several police investigators have also been issued subpoenas to testify.

The decision to move forward with the case came after a recent high level meeting between the DA and other state prosecutors, including Onondaga County DA William Fitzpatrick, and investigators.

Family members of Garrett Phillips who have been seeking "Justice for Garrett" say they hope that day is now getting closer.

Hillary's lawyer declined comment.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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