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9:19 am on Friday June 20, 2014

In tow truck shooting, Preston Oates sentenced to 26 years

Nearly thre-and-a-half years after Carlos Olivera was slain in a towing dispute, Preston Oates has been convicted.
6:05 am on Tuesday August 6, 2013

In tow truck shooting, a $1.7 million settlement ahead of criminal case

A civil case over the Christmas Eve shooting of Carlos Alberto Olivera by tow truck driver Preston Oates in 2010 has resulted in a $1.7 million settlement.
12:32 am on Wednesday March 14, 2012

In Bluffton tow truck slaying, a new test of the Castle Doctrine (Update: Appeals court)

  Update March 14: At a hearing, Judge Markley Dennis, Jr. stood by his decision to deny an immunity request for the accused Preston Oates. It now sounds that Oates' defense team plans to appeal to the South Carolina Court of Appeals, there is a 10...
10:16 am on Saturday December 24, 2011

One year since the Christmas Eve slaying of Carlos Olivera

It's been a full year since Carlos Alberto Olivera's Christmas Eve 2010 shooting death by Pro Tow owner Preston Oates, and WSAV 3 has caught up with the Olivera family on how they're coping with the tragedy with the anniversary. Watch the video up...
4:32 am on Friday September 2, 2011

Man charged in Bluffton tow truck slaying released on bond, family reacts

We missed this one earlier in the week, but a Bluffton tow truck driver charged with shooting a man to death on Christmas Eve has been released from prison on bond. If you missed any of this story you can catch up here. Now the family of the victim...
2:37 pm on Thursday September 1, 2011

In Bluffton tow truck slaying, accused Oates granted bail - on a condition

Update September 1: The Island Packet reports that Oates has been released on a $200,000 bond. First reporting July 29: Six months after Preston Oates was arrested after the Christmas Eve shooting of Carlos Alberto Olivera over a booted vehicle in...
3:05 am on Friday April 22, 2011

Tow truck driver from Christmas Eve shooting charged with attempted escape (update: more details)

Update April 22, indictment: After being indicted on charges of voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime earlier this month, Preston Oates has now been indicted on two more charges. The tow truck...
2:07 am on Saturday February 26, 2011

Bluffton community at center of tow truck shooting ousts leadership

The Edgefield neighborhood that was at the center of the ongoing Christmas Eve shooting over a booted car has ousted its neighborhood association president and security director. WTOC 11 was on scene and has a video report with frustrated members of...
6:41 pm on Friday February 18, 2011

In Christmas Eve shooting death, Preston Oates indicted (update: why not for murder)

Update February 18: Bluffton today has followed up with a report about the indictment. Most notable are their quotes from 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone about why he did not press a murder charge. You can read the report on their site...
9:57 am on Thursday February 10, 2011

Sorting through questions on South Carolina's gun laws

Flickr user Timtak Cassie Foss of the Island Packet published a fascinating piece last Sunday regarding the state’s rules on concealed gun laws, citing in the process the recent Christmas Eve shooting which left one Beaufort County man dead. As it...