I understand that legally the timing between the first of an altercation and that of the actual shot(s) being fired make a case for passion and therefore a manslaughter charge.
It looks to me, however, that when Preston Oates returned to the truck, he had the opportunity to simply leave and call trained law officers. Instead, he picked up a pistol (not the truck's keys). That sure seems to make a case for premeditation and a charge of murder. The solicitor needs to pony up and trod the more difficult path.
Troy Conner Hilton Head Island