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Attorneys to argue self defense in Preston Oates case

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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

Preston Oates could wait months, even years, before a ruling on whether the tow-truck driver will face trail for manslaughter charges. This story is coming from the WTOC bureau at the Island Packet.

Oates is accused in the 2010 Christmas Eve shooting death of 34-year-old Carlos Olivera.

Olivera was shot after the two argued over a booted minivan.

Oates' attorneys are preparing to argue before the South Carolina Court of Appeals that their client shot Olivera in self defense, known as the "Castle Doctrine" in the Palmetto State. It is also called the "Stand Your Ground" law in other states.

The claim would allow Oates' attorneys to appeal murder and manslaughter charges up to the highest court and delay a trial.

To read the full report, go to the Island Packet website at http://www.islandpacket.com/.

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