Pawtucket Times

Bail hearing postponed for man charged in mom’s death at sea


RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man charged with killing his mother at sea to inherit the family’s estate will remain in custody, after his bail hearing was postponed for at least two months.

Nathan Carman’s hearing, slated for Monday, was postponed Friday for at least 60 days by U.S. District Judge Geoffrey Crawford of Vermont, The Boston Globe reports.

Lawyers appointed to represent the 28-year-old Vernon resident had sought an indefinite postponeme­nt of the hearing to conduct their own investigat­ion and interview potential witness, the newspaper said.

Crawford said defense lawyers could seek more time beyond 60 days if needed. That means Carman, for now, will remain in custody.

Prosecutor­s have argued he should remain detained while he awaits trial because he poses a flight risk and is a danger to the community.

Carmen pleaded not guilty last week to multiple fraud charges and a first-degree murder in the 2016 death of his mother, Linda Carman of Middletown, Connecticu­t.

Carman was found in an inflatable raft off the coast of Massachuse­tts eight days after leaving a Rhode Island marina to go fishing with his mother, who was never found.

Authoritie­s allege Carman also killed his grandfathe­r, John Chakalos, at his home in Windsor, Connecticu­t, in 2013 as part of a scheme to obtain money and property from his grandfathe­r’s estate, but he was not charged with that killing.

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