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SC tow truck operator manslaughter trial starting

Preston Oates Preston Oates
Carlos Olivera Carlos Olivera

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina tow-truck driver charged with manslaughter more than three years ago is about to go on trial.

Jury selection is due to get underway Monday for 30-year-old Preston Oates. He's accused of shooting 34-year-old Carlos Olivera of Bluffton on Christmas Eve 2010 following a dispute over the victim's booted minivan.

The trial has been delayed as Oates' lawyers argued that he should be protected by South Carolina's "castle doctrine." That feature of South Carolina law protects people from prosecution if they kill someone while protecting themselves or others in their home, workplace or vehicle.

A judge ruled in 2012 the castle doctrine did not apply to Oates. The South Carolina Supreme Court said last year that castle doctrine appeals should not delay the start of a trial.

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