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Vt. man accused by family of killing grandfather will represent himself

Tribune News Service
September 12. 2017 1:29PM
NATHAN CARMAN (YOUTUBE)

Nathan Carman, who was rescued at sea after going missing on a fishing trip with his mother nearly a year ago, has filed papers to represent himself in a legal attempt by his aunts to declare him a killer, barring him from receiving an inheritance from his murdered grandfather's estate.

Carman filed a one-page document in Concord Probate Court late last week notifying the court that he will represent himself.

Carman's aunts are asking the court to bar him from receiving any of the proceeds from the estimated $40 million estate of their father, John Chakalos, a sometime West Chesterfield resident. The petition alleges that Carman committed the "heinous act" of shooting and killing Chakalos in his Windsor, Conn., home in 2013 out of "malice and greed" and states "the petitioners believe that Nathan murdered their father, and they ask this court to so find."

The petitioners are the three sisters of Linda Carman, Nathan's mother, who was lost at sea in September while on a fishing trip with Nathan, who was rescued.

Linda Carman is presumed dead.

Nathan Carman is in line to collect the portion of the Chakalos estate that would have gone to his mother.

"His aunts seek to prevent that unjust result," the petition states. The legal action is known as a "slayer" petition.

Chakalos was killed in December 2013, shot three times in his bed. Police have acknowledged that Nathan Carman was a suspect in that case but no one has been charged.

Chakalos' mansion in West Chesterfield was extravagantly lit each Christmas. His wife had died of cancer about a month prior to the 87-year-old's slaying.

Carman does have attorneys representing him in a Rhode Island federal lawsuit by the company that insured his boat, which sank last September.

Carman has until early October to file a response to the petition filed by his aunts or risk defaulting on the petition.

Nathan Carman already has access to a $400,000 joint account that was once owned by him, Chakalos and Linda Carman, according to the petition. Nathan is now the sole owner of that account.

Nathan Carman also could be entitled to his mother's so-called Dynasty Trust — Linda Carman's portion of Chakalos' final estate, which is pending in New Hampshire Probate Court.

The petition does not place a value on that trust other than to say "several million dollars" will flow into it.

Nathan and Linda Carman were reported missing Sept. 18 while on a fishing trip aboard his boat, The Chicken Pox. They left from South Kingstown, R.I., late at night to go tuna fishing in Block Canyon.

Nathan Carman was rescued eight days later by a passing freighter off the coast of Martha's Vineyard after being spotted floating in an emergency raft.

The FBI and police from several New England states have been investigating the murder of Chakalos and the disappearance of Linda Carman. They have obtained search warrants for Nathan Carman's vehicle, cellphone and Vernon, Vt., home.


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