Bond won't be set for Oates until January

December 28, 2010 

Bond for Preston Oates, 27, on a manslaughter charge won't be set until late January because it must be set by a circuit judge. Bond is $50,000 on the charge of possession of a weapon in the commission of a violent crime. Oates will remain in the Beaufort County Detention Center.

The charges stem from a Christmas Eve shooting in which Oates, a tow-truck operator, shot a Bluffton man six times after the men argued about a boot on a minivan in the Edgefield neighborhood, according to Sheriff P.J. Tanner.

Carlos Alberto Olivera, 34, was shot about 8:30 p.m. Friday in front of his wife and four children, according to Nelson Olivera, Carlos Olivera's brother.

Both Oates and Olivera were armed with .40-caliber Glock handguns, but Olivera's handgun was not discharged during the incident, Tanner said.

Oates -- who told investigators Friday he acted in self-defense -- was questioned by deputies and released later that evening. He was arrested Monday.

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