Man charged with Christmas eve shooting in court

Published: Nov. 18, 2011 at 4:47 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2011 at 1:14 AM EST
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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - Family members sat and listened to 911 tapes from this past Christmas eve, the night their loved one, Carlos Olivera, was shot and lost his life. The defense for the charged shooter, Preston Oates, called two witnesses in support of South Carolina's recently adopted Castle Doctrine, which allows people to protect themselves in their own property. The defense said Oates was in his tow truck, Olivera attacked, and the shooting was self defense. Olivera's family just wants a fair process.

"We just want justice, that's it. We want Carlos back, you know, but justice is blind and justice has to pull to the right side. That is what we believe," stated Nelson Olivera, Carlos' brother.

Oates is charged with voluntary manslaughter and is out on bond. Based on today's hearing, the judge could throw the case out completely.

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