Pool photo by Brit Hanson/NCPR District Attorney Mary Rain confers with special prosecutor William Fitzpatrick, left, and defense attorney Earl Ward on Sept. 20..
Pool photo by Brit Hanson/NCPR Tandy Cyrus Collins, mother of Garrett Phillips, talks with others during the murder trial of Oral "Nick" Hillary in court on Sept. 19..
NCNow photo by Andy Gardner Oral ‘Nick’ Hillary’s defense team speaks with press from around the United States following Thursday’s closing arguments on Sept. 22. From left, attorney Norman Siegel, Hillary and attorneys Earl Ward, Peter Dumas and Kate Fletcher.
NCNow photo by Andy Gardner Brendan Murphy, left, and Shanna-Kay Hillary leave the courtroom on Sept. 21. Murphy, who played soccer at SLU with Oral ‘Nick’ Hillary, testified for the defense as a character witness. Shanna-Kay Hillary is the defendant’s daughter, who testified as part of his alibi.
Pool photo by Brit Hanson/NCPR John E. Jones, left, a St. Lawrence County sheriff's deputy, leaves the witness stand on Sept. 19. Jones previously dated Garrett Phillips' mother and at one point had briefly been considered a suspect in the child's murder, but was never charged.
Pool photo by Brit Hanson/NCPR St. Lawrence County district attorney Mary Rain reviews a stack of paperwork on Sept. 20 just after the prosecution rested their case against Oral 'Nick Hillary in the murder of Garrett Phillips.
Pool photo by Brit Hanson/NCPR Shanna-Kay Hillary testified Sept. 21 that she saw her father Oral 'Nick' Hillary at home the day 12-year-old Garrett Phillips was killed.
Pool photo by Brit Hanson/NCPR Hillary sits in a St. Lawrence County courtroom Sept. 21 just before character witnesses testified on his behalf
Pool photo by Brit Hanson/NCPR Oral 'Nick' Hillary (left) and his defense team on their way to the courthouse minutes before his murder trial begins. Norman Siegel (center) is the former director of the New York Civil Liberties union and a key player in Hillary's defense team.
NCNow photo by Andy Gardner Two lawyers representing Oral 'Nick' Hillary, right, address the press following jury selection on Sept. 7. From left, Peter Dumas and Norman Siegel. North Country Now photo by Andy Gardner.
NCNow photo by Andy Gardner Defense attorney Norman Siegel, left, discusses the decision made Sept. 8 to go for a bench trial in the murder case against Oral ‘Nick’ Hillary, center.
Pool photo by Jason Hunter/Watertown Daily Times Judge Felix Catena takes notes in court on Sept. 12.
NCNow photo by Andy Gardner. Oral 'Nick' Hillary and his mother Dorrett Hillary outside the St. Lawrence County Courthouse after the judge called noon recess on Sept. 12.
Pool photo by Jason Hunter/Watertown Daily Times St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain confers with Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, who is assisting her in the case, during the trial on Sept. 12.
Pool photo by Brit Hanson/NCPR The prosecution gathers moments after the Oral "Nick" Hillary defense team requested a mistrial on Sept. 13. The defense alleges that the prosecution withheld information about a witness who saw someone other than Hillary at the scene of the crime. Second from left is BCI Inv. Ted Levison, who interviewed the potential witness last year.
Pool photo by Brit Hanson/NCPR Prosecutor William Fitzpatrick, left, and defense attorney Norman Siegel confer at the murder trial Sept. 13 at the St. Lawrence County Courthouse.
NCNow photo by Andy Gardner Patricia Phillips, grandmother of murder victim Garrett Phillips, collapsed Sept. 14 in the Canton courtroom where the trial of the accused killer, Oral 'Nick' Hillary had resumed. She was walking from her seat toward the front of the gallery to the back of the courtroom when she fell to the floor. Here she is seen being taken away by Canton Rescue for treatment.
Pool photo by Brit Hanson/NCPR Tandy Cyrus Collins watches the trial in Canton. To her left are Phillips's grandparents Janet Paul and Joseph Paul. Behind Cyrus Collins is the victim's cousin Kayla Phillips.