Carman trial over estate to be delayed
The New Hampshire probate judge tasked with deciding whether Nathan Carman should be cut out of his slain grandfather’s $44 million estate is expected to postpone the trial’s scheduled Jan. 22 start for another three months.
The 90-day continuance was requested of New Hampshire Circuit Court Probate Division Judge David D. King by attorneys for Valerie Santilli, Elaine Chakalos and Charlene Gallagher, the sisters of Carman’s mother, Linda Carman. Linda Carman has not been heard from since Sept. 18, 2016, when her son and only heir claims the boat they were tunafishing on sank off Rhode Island.
The motion detailing the reason for the requested continuance was filed under seal.
Court spokeswoman Carole Alfano said King “gave every indication” he will grant the continuance.
Nathan Carman, who turns 25 next Monday, will represent himself at trial.
His aunts filed a so-called “slayer” petition in 2017 seeking to have Nathan Carman declared his grandfather’s murderer, asserting in the court document he fatally shot 87-year-old real estate tycoon John Chakalos in his Windsor, Conn., bed on Dec. 20, 2013, “out of malice and greed” after the two had gone out to dinner.
John Chakalos was also a resident of West Chesterfield, N.H. His plans for that property allegedly sparked an argument with his grandson centered on “money and other issues,” the aunts claim. He was killed a day shy of the one-month anniversary of his wife’s passing.
Nathan Carman faces no criminal charges for either his grandfather’s homicide or his mother’s disappearance. Both mysteries remain unsolved.
IN NO HURRY: A judge has postponed a trial to determine whether Nathan Carman, on a U.S. Coast Guard boat in 2016 in Boston, should be cut out of his slain grandfather’s $44 million estate.