Nick Hillary Contempt Charge Dismissed

Nick Hillary Contempt Charge Dismissed

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A judge has dismissed a criminal contempt charge against Oral "Nick" Hillary.

Hillary was tried in 2016 and found innocent of murdering 12 year old Garrett Phillips in 2011.

Hillary had been ordered to stay away from Phillips' mother, Tandy Collins.

He was accused of violating that order when he allegedly visited a bank where Collins was employed.

In a ruling issued Wednesday, Potsdam Town Justice Samuel Charleson dismissed the charge because the order of protection didn't specifically list the names and addresses of the places Hillary was supposed to stay away from.

Attorney Ed Narrow represented the former Clarkson University soccer coach.

"He's happy to put these criminal charges behind him," Narrow said. "He's looking forward to spending time with his family and dedicating himself to his craft and having the opportunity to sleep well at night knowing that any potential criminal charges against him have finally been resolved."

Charleson said even if Hillary knew where Collins worked, it's up to the court issuing the order to be specific about where he cannot go.

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