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Who Killed Garrett Phillips?


Who Killed Garrett Phillips?


"Who Killed Garrett Phillips?" is a two-part documentary released in 2019 by Liz Garbus. The documentary examines the murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips in his home in Potsdam, a small town in upstate New York, in 2011. The documentary follows the police investigation that led to the arrest of Oral "Nick" Hillary, an ex-boyfriend of Garrett's mother and a Jamaican man in the mostly white community.

The documentary focuses on the interrogation, arrest, and trial of Nick Hillary, who was accused of second-degree murder. Hillary was a soccer coach at Clarkson University at the time of the murder. The documentary also reveals instances of professional misconduct by the public state prosecutor, Mary E. Rain. It was discovered that Rain withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense, which led to her being banned from practicing law for two years.

Through interviews with family members, law enforcement officials, and legal experts, "Who Killed Garrett Phillips?" provides an in-depth look at the case and the impact it had on the small town of Potsdam. The documentary raises questions about justice, race, and the criminal justice system in America.

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Emily Peacock

Undoubtfully, cinematography has been my passion since a very young age. Even now, watching a new movie or series always prompts me to ask a lot of questions to the author. Thus, every little essay about a title is definitely not a spoiler, but rather an attempt to explore the idea.

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