By Lisa Backus; Edited by News Gate Team
Nathan Carman, a former resident of Connecticut, is accused of killing his mother while out fishing off the coast of Block Island as part of a conspiracy to inherit millions of dollars, and a federal court on Tuesday scheduled his trial for October.
Carman, 29, pled not guilty to first-degree murder and fraud last year in the death of his Middletown mother, Linda Carman. The eight-count indictment also alleges that Carman assassinated his wealthy grandfather John Chakalos in 2013 at his Windsor home, although it does not accuse him of killing the man.
Judge Geoffrey Crawford of the U.S. District Court scheduled the trial for October 2 in Rutland, Vermont, on Tuesday. According to a federal prosecutor, the government intended to present a variety of expert witness, including information on draft analysis and marine survivability. By May 1, prosecutors intend to provide the court with those disclosures.
Crawford also heard from attorneys regarding the defense’s request for a partial disclosure of the grand jury minutes that resulted in Carman’s indictment in order to find out what was said regarding his grandfather’s passing.
Although Carman was never accused of being involved in Chakalos’ death, his attorney, David Sullivan, told the judge that the indictment included “outright claims that are highly unsettling to the defense.”” He claimed that the investigation regarding Chakalos’ death was still open.
Paul Van de Graaf, an assistant US attorney, described Chakalos’ “murder.” “the fraud charge includes.
Attorneys for Carman claimed in a motion submitted on January 26 that they required access to some transcripts of the grand jury proceedings that resulted in the eight federal counts.
In the application, Mr. Carman’s counsel said that he had a right to hear what the government had told the grand jury about his alleged role in John Chakalos’s death because if it was false or wrong, Mr. Carman could be able to get the indictment dropped.
Federal prosecutors responded to the petition by claiming that Carman’s plan to inherit his mother’s share of the family’s $49 million estate included the “unadjudicated” allegations that he killed his grandfather. Carman, a former Middletown resident, has been imprisoned since his arrest in May.
The case is being prosecuted by Vermont U.S. Attorney Nikolas Kerest, who stated that “he presents little more than speculation regarding the material submitted to the grand jury.” “He provides no concrete proof that anything improper occurred during the grand jury hearings. Instead, he relies on incorrect interpretations of the accusations and the law. Despite these shortcomings, the government will still provide the defense with transcripts of the federal agents’ grand jury testimony pursuant on its customary and benevolent discovery procedures.”
In other court records, Kerest stated that federal prosecutors have frequently volunteered to meet with Carman’s lawyers to discuss the case and that his office has given them access to “extensive” evidence that is simple for them to search.
Kerest stated in a letter outlining their resistance to sharing some of the information requested by Carman’s legal team that “there is little mystery regarding the charges in the indictment.”
Prosecutors stated in court documents that Carman “allegedly invented lies to conceal his involvement in the murders.” “Throughout the plan, Carman largely maintained his cover tales, which are described in the indictment. All of Carman’s remarks to the police, his family, the insurance company, and in court are all known to the defense “based on the information that has been given to them.
Federal prosecutors described a plot in the complaint in which Carman planned a fishing trip with his mother on their boat, the Chicken Pox, in September 2016.
“Nathan Carman had intended to murder his mother while traveling. The indictment stated that he also considered how he would categorize his mother’s disappearance at sea and the sinking of the Chicken Pox as accidents. Authorities said in the indictment that once Carman was outside of Block Island, he killed his mother and capsized the boat.
The indictment claimed that Carman killed Chakalos along with his mother as part of a nearly ten-year conspiracy to collect money from his grandfather’s trust, however it did not formally accuse him of the 2013 killing of his grandfather.
“Nathan Carman killed John Chakalos and Linda Carman as a key component of this plan. He created lies to hide his involvement in the murders, according to the indictment. According to the probate records, Carman’s family has been delaying the distribution of the inheritance until the outcome of his criminal case. This report was made possible by the Associated Press.
The Associated Press contributed to this story
By Lisa Backus; Edited by News Gate Team