Res­cue at sea fo­cuses attention on an un­solved 2013 killing

Baltimore Sun - - NATION - By Dave Collins

HART­FORD, Conn. — It was a crime that stunned a quiet sub­urb and stumped in­ves­ti­ga­tors: an 87-year-old real es­tate de­vel­oper killed in his home, shot three times with a ri­fle.

Nearly three years later, the un­solved case has re­ceived new attention with the revelation the vic­tim’s grand­son Nathan Car­man, who was res­cued Sun­day af­ter a week in a raft on the At­lantic Ocean, had been a Nathan Car­man spent a week at sea on a life raft. sus­pect in the killing.

Car­man’s mother, Linda Car­man, was not found with him and is pre­sumed to have drowned af­ter their boat sank dur­ing a fish­ing trip that is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by fed­eral, state and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Nathan Car­man, of Ver­non, Vt., has de­nied hav­ing any­thing to do with his grand­fa­ther’s 2013 slay­ing. His fa­ther also said Nathan Car­man could not have been in­volved, and his mother had told her lawyer that he was in­no­cent.

“She was con­vinced he had noth­ing to do with it,” Linda Car­man’s lawyer, Ger­ald Klein, said Thurs­day.

Po­lice were so con­fi­dent they had enough ev­i­dence against Nathan Car­man, 22, that they ap­plied for an ar­rest war­rant charg­ing him with the mur­der of John Chaka­los at his home in Wind­sor, Conn.

But a pros­e­cu­tor re­turned the war­rant un­signed to in­ves­ti­ga­tors with a re­quest for more in­for­ma­tion. No ar­rest has been made in the case.

A search war­rant said that Car­man was the last per­son known to have seen Chaka­los alive, that Car­man had bought a ri­fle con­sis­tent with the one used in the crime and that he dis­carded his com­puter hard drive and GPS unit used around the time of the shoot­ing.

The war­rant also said in­ves­ti­ga­tors learned Car­man was “ca­pa­ble of vi­o­lence” based on past be­hav­ior, in­clud­ing when he held an­other child hostage with a knife.

The state’s at­tor­ney in Hart­ford, Gail Hardy, did not re­spond to ques­tions about why the re­quest for an ar­rest war­rant was sent back. The state Di­vi­sion of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice said it doesn’t com­ment on pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Chaka­los left an es­tate worth over $42 mil­lion to his four adult daugh­ters, in­clud­ing Linda Car­man.

Nathan Car­man de­nies in­volve­ment in his grand­fa­ther’s killing, say­ing Chaka­los was the clos­est per­son in the world to him.

He said sus­pi­cions about his ac­count of the sink­ing of his boat are com­pound­ing his grief over the ap­par­ent drown­ing of his mother.

MICHAEL DWYER/AP

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