Judge won't allow Chakalos murder testimony in Carman trial

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island federal judge ruled on Thursday that evidence regarding the murder of John Chakalos will not be allowed into testimony this week when the trial over Nathan Carman's insurance claim for his lost boat goes to trial.

The trial is scheduled to start today and lawyers for the insurance companies have been gathering evidence and were prepared to try and show that Carman murdered Chakalos — his grandfather — in December 2013 as part of a scheme to inherit $7 million from the estate. The second part of that alleged scheme was the sinking of his boat in September 2016 with his mother Linda Carman on board. She has never been found.

But in a teleconference call Thursday, U. S. District Judge John J. McConnell narrowed the scope of the trial and ruled that no testimony about the Windsor murder will be admitted.

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