Six months have passed
since 12-year-old Garrett Phillips was killed.
Now, the family knows they can't get their loved one back,
but all they want now is justice,
And they're saying it through a new decoration
in their front lawn.
We just want justice for Garrett where,
you know, somebody pays for the crime that was committed.
They need to pan up.
I don't know how they can shut their eyes at night.
And the investigation into his murder hasn't stopped,
so they just have to wait.
It was just a way to try to generate money
to maybe get somebody to come forward and say,
I have some information.
We made $40,000 just like that.
That's a rather large amount of money.
Then everybody and their brother
wanted them to show support.
Say you drive by this place,
they've got a sign.
This place is for Garrett,
this place for Garrett.
Half the time we were waiting for signs because we had,
You know, everybody and their brother would be wanting them.
And we sold them for seven dollars.
That seven dollars bought another sign.
So you make nothing off that.
But most people,
okay, here's $10.
okay, the other three goes into his reward.
But it was a lot of work.
But, being that...
I have two children,
I couldn't go and do something...
just out of hate,
and then where would I be?
I felt the best thing for... for Nick
is to go to prison
and pay for his crime,
and maybe, you know,
not have another good day in his life.
In the beginning it seemed like a slam dunk,
Hillary had done it.
And then all of a sudden
it's thrown out,
there's not enough evidence.
You kept hearing mixed stories,
There is evidence, there is no evidence.
This is good evidence, this is bad evidence.
They have a great case,
they have nothing.
What little bit we were getting seemed conflicting.
So it was...
We had no idea.
When I left Clarkson
I went immediately to Buffalo to start coaching there.
That was in May of 2012.
First day of preseason at Buffalo on campus
all those signs started showing up.
You know, I was like, oh,
that's kind of...
That's kind of messed up.
Like, and they're there for me.
I was the only one connected to the case.
Buffalo is really far from Potsdam.
When he told us that story it was, like,
there's a lot of forces at play here.
That symbolizes and tells me that,
you know, the Justice for Garrett signs
is one way of discreetly saying,
let's get Nick Hillary for this.
But then I stopped working at Buffalo in January 2013.
It was right at the turn of the year...
went back to my...
lived with my parents briefly in Owego...
Some small town far from Potsdam,
pulled onto his street, you know,
and there are Justice for Garrett signs down the road.
Somebody doesn't necessarily like what Ian Fairlie is saying.
You know, I think that's, like,
kind of an objective thing you can deduce.
Whatever you're trying to do,
You're really just making yourselves
look really, really creepy and desperate.
All right. Have a good one, bud.
I could move, leave,
but obviously I can't really do that
because my family is still very much soil entrenched there.
One down, one to go.
The best way for me to put it,
It's like living on house arrest.
To have to calculate your every move that
you are going to make within the community
really takes a toll on you.
Nobody will ever look at you the same way.
Nobody wants to interact with you the same way.
Hi, how are you?
You want some milk?
Here we go, come on.
I think if my demeanor was on the weaker side,
then I think they would... suffer a lot more.
You know, hopefully,
God will continue to keep them strong.
So when he left the police station that day,
it wasn't just, Oh, you know,
I was at the police station
for a couple of hours. His life changed.
His life was completely destroyed.
Clarkson University didn't want him back on campus.
The public had already said,
Okay, well, this is their guy.
It was really the beginning of the destruction of his life.
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.
He says the notice of claim is being made
for injuries and damages
sustained during the investigation,
including claims for false arrest,
illegal search and seizure,