Jason Larabie murder case to go before grand jury, says D.A.

Suspect Dustin Hill remains behind bars

— Dustin C. Hill, 21, Plattsburgh, who was taken into custody by the Plattsburgh Police Department Aug. 7, for the murder of 32-year-old Jason Larabie, Plattsburgh, awaits his case to go before a grand jury.

According to District Attorney Andrew J. Wylie, Hill’s case was transferred from Plattsburgh City Court to Clinton County Court after the Hon. Penelope D. Clute ruled there was reasonable cause for Hill’s case to be heard by a grand jury. Clute’s decision was made during Hill’s felony hearing Aug. 10.

Wylie stated Hill’s case will be scheduled to go before a grand jury upon receipt of a lab analysis of evidence, which is likely to take two to three weeks.

Hill was arrested only hours after Larabie’s body was found next to a parked vehicle near a public boat launch off Cumberland Avenue shortly before 6 a.m. Aug. 7.

According to court documents, Hill had a brief sexual encounter with Larabie, earlier that morning, after which Hill punched Larabie in the face and strangled him until he lost consciousness. Hill then reportedly stole $5 from Larabie’s wallet before throwing the wallet into the Saranac River.

Court documents also state Hill gave a videotaped confession to police.

Hill now remains in Clinton County Jail on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

Larabie, a Tupper Lake native, was an employee at the Grand Union in Au Sable Forks and a substitute teacher with the AuSable Valley School Central District.

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