reporter: things between the two heated up quickly, as these e-mails attest. have a great work day." "i can't wait to get home to you. they were sharing a house, blending families, and going on vacations as a couple. but, as they say in the islands, it wasn't a cool breeze being an interracial couple in potsdam, which is over 90% white. reporter: these teammates are among countless friends and supporters behind the website "truth for nick hillary." they dipped into their pockets and helped fund his defense and also pay his everyday bills once he was fired as soccer coach after his arrest. whereby you take samples of dna that previously would have been cast aside because they were too small, they were too difficult to analyze properly. ♪ the honey in honey nut cheerios likes to take its sweet time. ["diggy" by spencer ludwig] ♪ reporter: five long years after garrett phillips was killed, the case of new york state v. nick and tandy, former lovers, would be together in the same courtroom. and inside the rail will be nick reporter: the trial was shaping up as a battle between seasoned, successful attorneys.
and, he said, it was particularly hard on garrett, tandy's boy. reporter: but first, both sides braced for a summertime fight that could tilt the balance. you take those samples and attempt to make sense of them using a computer algorithm. the venerable team of earl ward and norman siegel for the defense. mary rain asked bill fitzpatrick, a renowned prosecutor from another county, to take the lead in court.
he became a coach and, in 2009, landed a plum job, head soccer coach at clarkson, just minutes from his alma mater. it got even better when nick, a father of three who'd drifted from his kids' mother, met tandy at that bar. and they feel that part of that has to do with his race. no hair, tissue or fingerprint belonging to nick was found at the crime scene.
drinking guinness and diagramming plays on a cocktail napkin. i think for mary rain and the prosecution team, that is the last thing that they want. and they want this to be about a 12-year-old boy who lost his life at the hands of a killer. and testing on that tiny mix of dna under one of garrett's fingernails had been inconclusive.
the chase freedom unlimited card earns you unlimited 1.5% cash back on everything you buy. no biomarker testing is required with opdivo, though physicians may choose to do so. opdivo can cause your immune system to attack normal organs and tissues in your body and affect how they work. reporter: he said he had nothing to do with garrett's death so he had no reason to think he was a suspect that night, or the next morning, when police asked him to come down to the potsdam pd and help their investigation. and i remember thinking to myself, you know, everyone else here is givin' us any information, whether it's relevant or not. reporter: but unlike the stalled criminal investigation, nick's lawyer mani tafari was moving ahead with the civil lawsuit against lieutenant murray and the potsdam police. and i immediately private-messaged tandy, and i said, "this just makes me cry." and she said, "there is no crying." but that's hard to get past. you know, it makes nicole duve look like she didn't have a handle on things.
reporter: three years in the army, all stateside, forced nick to grow up, and now he was ready for college. reporter: after the championship season and graduation, nick kept leading. i think for the defense team, they don't believe that nick did this, and they think he's being railroaded. and small towns don't pivot so easily to normal after an epic drama like this one. a person who's flat chested is very hard to be a 10. reporter: garrett blasted home on his ripstick on what seemed like a nothing-special, rain-dreary monday in potsdam, where community safety was a given. after every reputable, organization or testing sites told them, "look, there's nothing connecting this guy," they went to a different continent, to new zealand to try to get something to stick. reporter: in the end, the judge agreed with the defense. i think that it has taken so long to find justice for garrett, as it were, that this has become one of those stories that people will talk about for a very long time, regardless of how the verdict turns out. most allergy pills only control one inflammatory substance. so you bring in fitzpatrick from down in syracuse for what reason? ten jurors had been quickly selected, all white, when nick and his defense team made a shocking announcement. but now you're gonna love that you can get more all day. at pm, here comes garrett, at the bottom of the screen, cruising down the sidewalk on his ripstik, blissfully unaware that in just a few minutes he'll be viciously attacked and left for dead. do not take victoza® if you have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer, multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2, or if you are allergic to victoza® or any of its ingredients. because the whole purpose of videotaping this had nothing to do with the civil case at all.reporter: next, the prosecution presented evidence that garrett died from a choke hold, a ghastly combination of strangulation and asphyxiation. this may happen any time during or after treatment has ended, and may become serious and lead to death. rug burns on garrett's legs, and red marks on his neck, pointed to a desperate struggle. see your doctor right away if you experience new or worsening cough; chest pain; shortness of breath; diarrhea; severe stomach pain or tenderness; severe nausea or vomiting; extreme fatigue; constipation; excessive thirst or urine; swollen ankles; loss of appetite; rash; itching; headache; confusion; hallucinations; muscle or joint pain; or flushing as this may keep these problems from becoming more serious.