Family relieved after convicted killer denied parole

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A Goose Creek woman was again relieved Wednesday to find that the man convicted of killing her father was denied parole again.

Shirley Ward can breathe easy again, after Kenneth Green was denied parole again, 30 years after gunning down her father, a James Island man, for $20.

Green shot and killed 63-year-old Martin Cattles in October of 1982. Cattles' body was found in the back of his truck at Middleton Place.

"I get emotional every time," said Cattles' brother John who plans to go with Ward to next week's parole hearing.

"It completely devastated our family. My mother spent days in bed after that because she really couldn't deal with it," Ward said.

Green confessed to friends and soon was arrested. After serving only 16 years, Green became eligible for parole for good behavior.

"That's almost like saying treating a child for good behavior, ok you get out of time out. That makes no sense for a brutal murderer who could murder someone over $20," said the victim's grandson Patrick Ward.

"It's what we have to do to make sure he stays there," Shirley Ward said.

Every year for the past 14 years, Cattles' family has gone to Columbia to try and keep Green in prison.

Green was convicted before the law was changed that made a life sentence, life without parole.

He will be up for parole again next year.

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