ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Clarkson coach has filed a notice of claim against the Village of Potsdam and his attorney says a civil lawsuit will follow in the near future.
Oral Nicholas Hillary was questioned by police during the murder investigation of Garrett Phillips and Hillary says he was accused of being a main suspect. He says the notice of claim is being made for injuries and damages sustained during the investigation, including claims for false arrest, illegal detention, illegal search and seizure, emotional distress and defamation.
Hillary's attorney says his client has handled the situation the best he can.
"Mr. Hillary has conducted himself with extreme dignity through the entire process and he will continue to do so. Mr. Hillary has faith it justice and also the truth and that has sustained him through the difficult time," said defense attorney Manl Tafari.
Garrett Phillips, 12, was found unconscious in his home on Market Street this past October after neighbors called in a disturbance. Phillips was later pronounced dead at the hospital and police ruled the case a homicide.
Officials with the police department and the Village Mayor both declined to comment on the allegations listed in the notice of claim.