BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – The man accused of killing his mother at sea on a 2016 fishing trip off the coast of New England in a plot to inherit millions of dollars will remain detained pending trial, a Vermont federal judge ruled on Tuesday .
US District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford denied Nathan Carman’s request for release, saying he was a flight risk and a potential danger due to the seriousness of the charges, the lack of strong family, professional or community connections “and his involvement in firearms and the ongoing feud with his family” over his late grandfather’s legacy.
Crawford said the evidence regarding the loss of his mother at sea and the “acrimonious dispute” with relatives over the inheritance, as well as his purchase of AR-15 type weapons “is proof that he is This is an unstable situation”.
Carman, 28, of Vernon, was charged in May with murder and fraud in the murder of his mother, Linda Carman of Middletown, Connecticut, on a fishing trip in which her boat sank. He was found floating in a raft and rescued eight days after leaving a marina in Rhode Island. He pleaded not guilty in his mother’s death.
Prosecutors also charged Carman with killing his grandfather, John Chakalos, who they say was shot dead at his Windsor, Connecticut, home in 2013 as part of a scheme to obtain money and property from his grandfather’s estate. Carman has not been charged in the case and has denied any involvement in his grandfather’s death.