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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.
3:23 am on Friday August 30, 2013

In tow-truck slaying, Oates' appeal dismissed, case will head to trial

The trial of a former Bluffton tow-truck driver accused of manslaughter can now head to a jury.
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...
2:37 am on Wednesday May 11, 2011

Towing rules move forward for Beaufort County: Boots out and more; here's a glimpse

Flickr user photo.anger Safeguard or unnecessary hinderance? Depends on who you ask. Following in the wake of the Christmas Eve shooting of a Bluffton man whose car was booted by a controversial towing company, new rules and regulations are...
2:33 am on Tuesday May 3, 2011

No easy consensus in proposed Beaufort County tow truck rules (update: getting there)

Flickr user quinnanya Much of the debate focuses on the practice of booting — which doesn't remove cars from hazard areas. Update May 3: Slowly, but seemingly surely, the general proposal talked about for months (see below) is inching forwards. At a...
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...