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Soccer Coach Charged with Murder of 12-year-old Boy

POTSDAM, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have charged a college soccer coach with suffocating and strangling his ex-girlfriend’s 12-year-old son in northern New York nearly three years ago.

Police say 39-year-old Oral “Nick” Hillary, the men’s soccer coach at Clarkson University, was arrested Thursday at his home in the village of Potsdam. He is charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Garrett Phillips.

The boy was found unconscious inside his home after neighbors heard screams and cries for help on Oct. 24, 2011. Officials say he had been strangled and suffocated with a pillow.

Hillary is being held without bail in the county jail. A message left with his lawyer wasn’t immediately returned.

Officials at Clarkson University, a Division III school in Potsdam, say Hillary is on administrative leave.

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