MIDDLETOWN >> The heirs to a $44 million fortune are suing the former Middletown man who went missing for a week following a fishing trip last year with his mother, who is presumed lost at sea, asking the court to declare the 23-year-old his grandfather’s killer.
Elaine Chakalos, Charlene Gallagher and Valerie C. Santilli, the daughters of the late John C. Chakalos and Nathan Carman’s aunts, filed a “slayer” action complaint in New Hampshire Probate Court July 17, petitioning the judge under an inheritance law provision that prohibits a person who kills someone to reap monetary gain from the deceased.
Nathan Carman, of Vernon, Vermont, spent seven days in a four-person, inflatable life raft after his 31-foot aluminum fishing boat sank in September 2016. He was rescued by a freighter and brought to safety by the U.S. Coast Guard.
His mother, Linda Carman, 54, of Middletown, was never found. No charges have been filed in connection with her disappearance.
Chakalos’ four daughters stand to inherit millions from their father, the late Windsor real estate developer who was killed in bed at his Windsor home on Dec. 20, 2013. According to the suit, Chakalos, 87, was shot three times, “with at least one (round) coming from a .308 caliber rifle.”
The suit alleges Nathan Carman was the last person to see his grandfather alive the evening before, when they had dinner. The two, the complaint alleges, argued that night about money and, among other things, plans for Chakalos’ home in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire.
Family members have said Nathan Carman has Asperger’s…
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