Judge to reconsider home of late grandfather in Carman case

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CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire probate judge is going to reconsider whether the court has jurisdiction over the estate of the millionaire grandfather of a Vermont man accused by relatives of shooting him to death in Connecticut in 2013.

Earlier this month, Nathan Carman, of Vernon, Vermont, argued in court documents that the estate of his grandfather John Chakalos was limited to one-half interest of a New Hampshire condominium.

The judge had earlier rejected a similar argument by Carman that his grandfather was a Connecticut resident, but Carman argued that new evidence provided by Chakalos' former estate planner shows otherwise.

The records "show that Mr. Chakalos spent nearly every day in Connecticut, regularly eating meals there, but rarely doing so in New Hampshire," said Carman's April 3 filing, originally filed under seal.

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Carman denies allegations by his aunts that he killed his grandfather in Connecticut for inheritance money and was responsible for his mother's presumed death in 2016, when she disappeared during an ocean fishing trip.

The aunts are suing Carman in probate court in New Hampshire to prevent him from inheriting any of the $42 million Chakalos left them and Carman's mother.

Carman maintains Chakalos' effort to have the estate settled in New Hampshire was designed to evade Connecticut estate taxes.

In separate filings, Carman's three aunts continue to maintain the estate should be settled in New Hampshire.

A trial in that suit is scheduled for June. The judge set the hearing for the residency issue for April 29.


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