Goose Creek family fights parole for killer

Published: Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM EST
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Martin Cattles
Martin Cattles

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A Goose Creek woman is getting ready for the annual trip to Columbia that she dreads. Shirley Ward is trying to keep the man who killed her father in prison for at least another year.

Kenneth Green, 52,  is serving a life sentence for the October 1982 murder of Martin Cattles.

Green gunned down 63-year-old Cattles 63 and robbed him of $20 after the two met briefly at a bar and played pool.

"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 also makes no sense to this family after so many years of fighting Green's parole, they have to do it again next week.

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

Green was convicted before the law was changed that made a life sentence, life without parole. His parole hearing will be held Jan. 30.

The Ward family has started a petition to keep him in prison. You can find the petition at

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