Man Linked to Mother's Maritime Disappearance and Wealthy Grandfather's Killing Appears in Court

A man who had been linked to the murder of his grandfather and disappearance-at-sea of his mother appeared in a New Hampshire court on Tuesday, while his aunts attempted to keep him from the family fortune.

Nathan Carman had been investigated in the 2013 shooting death of his grandfather, millionaire property developer John Chakalos, and questioned when his mother disappeared at sea after the pair's ship allegedly sank in 2016, The Boston Globe reported. He has not been criminally charged.

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Carman's aunts, three of his mother's sisters, took him to probate court in an attempt to block any of the family's wealth going to the grandson. According to the Associated Press, Carman could inherit around $7 million.

The aunts want Carman to provide documents related to his purchase of a Sig Sauer rifle, which was the same caliber as the one which killed Chakalos. Carman told the court on Tuesday that he was invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination because of strict gun laws in Connecticut, The Globe reported.

Carman similarly invoked the Fifth when it came to financial documents. Responding to allegations that he left his mother on the sinking boat, Carman said that even were it to be believed, "That's not a crime," several outlets reported.

Court documents filed by the family last July alleged that Carman had "deliberately and intentionally accelerated the flow of assets from his grandfather's estate to his own benefit, and prevented his grandfather from changing his estate plan, had he desired to do so," the New York Daily News reported at the time.

Carman represented himself in court on Tuesday after firing earlier counsel. He told the judge he would seek new attorneys, according to AP. Carman said that he was not concerned about the money but instead, "my reputation and seeing I have a future going forward."

Dan Small, the attorney representing Carman's aunts, told AP that it was "very clear in my mind that Nathan killed his grandfather and killed his mother," adding, "there were several times today where he was having trouble navigating around that."

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