Pasqua Says He's Taking Another Look At Garrett Phillips' MurderPosted: Updated:
New St. Lawrence County District Attorney Gary Pasqua wants to put a fresh set of eyes on the Garrett Phillips case: his own.
He says it's his duty to review the investigation into the 12 year old's October 2011 murder.
“Especially in a case where you have the tragedy of a young boy who was murdered and no one has been held accountable for that," he said. "So, I don't think I'd be doing my job if I didn't review that file.”
Oral “Nick” Hillary was brought to trial for the murder in the summer of 2016.
Controversy over bringing Hillary to trial propelled former District Attorney Mary Rain to office two years before. She had vowed to get “Justice for Garrett.” She obtained an indictment, but Hillary was found not guilty at the trial.
“Someone was put on trial and the judge found that they didn't find that individual guilty beyond a reasonable doubt," Pasqua said, "so that's where it lies right now.”
Hillary cannot be retried. The judge's not-guilty finding raised the possibility that Garrett Phillips' murderer could still be out there.
Pasqua knows this is a case that had been fraught with risk for everyone involved.
Ethics complaints, bitter recriminations, and elections have turned on it, but his resolve to go forward with a complete review only seems to have gotten stronger since his November election.
Rain has always said she is absolutely certain Nick Hillary killed Garrett Phillips. and after the trial declared there would be no further investigation.
Time will tell if that remains the final word on this tragic case.