Car­man trial over es­tate to be de­layed

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By LAU­REL J. SWEET

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.

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