Sole heir charged in mother’s boating death

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A Vermont man treated for mental health disorders in the past is accused of killing his mother and his grandfather.

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Nathan Carman, 28, faces murder and fraud charges in the deaths of his mother, Linda Carman, and his grandfather, John Chakalos — both deaths were allegedly part of a scheme to obtain money and property, according to NBCBoston.

Carman was arrested this week on an eight-count indictment, including murder on the high seas, following the death of his mother, off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in 2016.

He is also charged with an inheritance fraud scheme involving the deadly shooting of his grandfather in 2013 in Windsor, Conn.

Linda Carman had gone out fishing with her son Nathan on his boat, The Chicken Pox, in 2016; the boat sank, leaving Linda Carman missing and presumed dead, and her son de ella was picked up on a life raft eight days later.

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His mother’s body was never found.

According to the New York Post, witnesses said they saw Carman remove stabilizing trim tabs from the stern, near the vessel’s waterline, leaving holes that he tried to seal with an epoxy stick.

Carman was also named a person of interest after his grandfather, John Chakalos, 87, was shot twice in the head in 2013. Carman, who was the last person to see his grandfather alive, owned a shotgun that vanished after the shooting.

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He had also destroyed his computer hard drive and his vehicle GPS tracker after the crime but was never charged.

A will shows Chakalos left an estate worth more than $42 million to his four adult daughters. As his mother’s only heir, Carman stands to inherit about $7 million.

Relatives have long accused Carman of having a role in the deaths of his grandfather and his mother.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Nathan Carman faces life imprisonment if he’s convicted of the murder on the high seas charge, and each fraud charge carries up to 30 years in prison.

He is being held pending a federal court hearing Monday.

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