Aunts want Nathan Carman declared killer in grandfather's death

Nathan Carman arrives in a small boat at the US Coast Guard station in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Carman spent a week at sea in a life raft before being rescued by a passing freighter. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Nathan Carman's aunts want a probate judge to declare him a killer.

Carman became well known in Rhode Island when his mother disappeared a year ago while they were on a fishing trip. She was never found. He was rescued at sea a week later.

Court papers filed Monday are in the estate case of Carman's grandfather.

Before Carman's mother was lost after they set off from a Rhode Island marina last year, Carman was a suspect in his grandfather's murder.

His aunts want a judge to declare Carman was the killer to stop him from getting millions of dollars.

Carman's aunts claim Carman will be "unjustly enriched" because with his mother now gone, Carman stands to inherit a lot of money from the grandfather's estate.

John Chakalos was shot to death in his Connecticut home in 2013. It has since been revealed that police believe Carman was the last person to see Chakalos alive and that Carman was a suspect. Carman has never been charged.

A lawyer for Carman's aunts claim the facts so far should lead a judge to declare him the killer.

They also cast doubt on Carman's story about the disappearance of his mother, Linda, at sea, saying Nathan Carman never turned on the boat's emergency beacon when it started taking on water.

They claim he "left his mother behind."

Police have investigated work Carman did on the boat just before they left the marina in South Kingstown. Carman has not been charged with anything on that front either.

Carman has claimed he didn't do anything to his mother or grandfather.

It's up to a judge in New Hampshire, who is overseeing the estate case, to rule on the request.

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