Prosecutors: Man charged with killing mom poses flight risk

Jul 26, 2022, 12:03 PM | Updated: 12:25 pm
FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, Nathan Carman departs federal court in Providence, R.I. C...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, Nathan Carman departs federal court in Providence, R.I. Carman, charged with killing his mother at sea in a plot to inherit millions of dollars, asked a federal court Wednesday, July 6, 2022, to authorize his release from custody pending trial. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Federal prosecutors say a Vermont man charged with killing his mother at sea in 2016 in a plot to inherit millions should remain behind bars pending trial because he poses a flight risk and danger to others.

The prosecutors filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont, on Friday, opposing a request by Nathan Carman to be released.

Carman, 28, who lives in Vernon, was charged in May with killing his mother, Linda Carman of Middletown, Connecticut, during a fishing trip in 2016 off the coast of New England in which his boat sank. He was found floating in a raft and rescued eight days after departing from a Rhode Island marina. He pleaded not guilty in May in his mother’s death.

Prosecutors also have accused Carman of killing his grandfather, John Chakalos, who they say was shot in his home in Windsor, Connecticut, in 2013 as part of a scheme to obtain money and property from his grandfather’s estate. Carman has not been charged in that case.

Earlier this month, Carman’s lawyers filed a motion seeking his release, saying the evidence against him is “tenuous at best” and he does not pose a flight risk or danger. The lawyers said Carman is willing to surrender his passport, submit to electronic monitoring and turn over all the money he has — $10,000 — to a third party or post some of that money as bail.

Prosecutors wrote in opposing Carman’s motion on Friday that “Many of the claims made by Carman in support of his request for release are misleading or mistaken.”

“Carman’s motion for release fails to adequately address the risk of flight and similarly fails to address his dangerousness,” they wrote. “Moreover, the conditions of release he proposes would do little to mitigate these concerns.”

An email was sent to Carman’s public defenders seeking comment.

They wrote in the motion for release that he has never attempted to threaten or influence a witness and has led a quiet life in Vernon for the last eight years with solid ties to the community.

The prosecutors say Carman is a flight risk because he is charged with an offense that carries a mandatory life sentence and has few connections that would encourage him to stay in this country. They wrote that the letters Carman submitted in support of him are primarily from people who knew him as a child.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

FILE - Trousdale Turner Correctional Center, managed by CoreCivic, is pictured on May 24, 2016, in ...
Associated Press

Private prison firm to settle lawsuit over inmate death

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A private prison company has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit over a Tennessee inmate’s killing that got national attention after a judge ordered the plaintiff’s attorney to stop tweeting about it. Tennessee-based CoreCivic and attorney Daniel Horwitz, who represents the family of the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center inmate who died, […]
9 hours ago
FILE - The sun shines on the dome of Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. A man drove...
Associated Press

Police: Man killed himself after ramming US Capitol barrier

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man drove his car into a barricade near the U.S. Capitol early Sunday and then began firing gunshots in the air before fatally shooting himself, police said. The incident happened just before 4 a.m. at a vehicle barricade set at East Capitol Street NE and 2nd Street SE in Washington. It […]
9 hours ago
FILE - Rishi Sunak during a hustings event in Darlington, England, Aug. 9, 2022, as part of the cam...
Associated Press

‘China threat’ emerges in elections from UK to Australia

LONDON (AP) — It’s not just the economy. While inflation and recession fears weigh heavily on the minds of voters, another issue is popping up in political campaigns from the U.K. and Australia to the U.S. and beyond: the “China threat.” The two finalists vying to become Britain’s next prime minister, Liz Truss and Rishi […]
9 hours ago
Hadi Matar, 24, second from right, listens as his public defense attorney Nathaniel Barone, center,...
Associated Press

Salman Rushdie ‘on the road to recovery,’ agent says

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie is “on the road to recovery,” his agent confirmed Sunday, two days after the author of “The Satanic Verses” suffered serious injuries in a stabbing at a lecture in upstate New York. The announcement followed news that the lauded writer was removed from a ventilator Saturday and able to […]
9 hours ago
FILE - Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz listens to testimony while seated ...
Associated Press

School shooter’s brain exams to be subject of court hearing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A defense mental health expert in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz can pinpoint when he realized the 23-year-old mass murderer still has “irrational thoughts” — the two were making small talk when Cruz began describing plans for an eventual life outside prison. Wesley Center, a Texas […]
9 hours ago
Caroline Hansen uses Emma's Premium Services, a higher-priced service according to Hansen, to shop ...
Associated Press

New York restricts families from sending packages to inmates

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As part of an effort to keep illegal drugs and other contraband out of state prisons, New York is taking away one of the few pleasures of life behind bars: It will no longer let people send inmates care packages from home. Under the new policy, which the state began phasing […]
9 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Prosecutors: Man charged with killing mom poses flight risk