Lawyers offer opposing pictures of Carman

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Lawyers painted contrasting portraits of Nathan Carman during final arguments Wednesday in a federal civil trial over his $85,000 insurance claim for the sinking of his boat: he's a "liar' who "saved his own skin" and left his mother to drown — or he's an unlucky soul who bought a boat that was old and decrepit.

The two hours of arguments, mostly by Carman's attorney David Anderson, ended the trial over whether two insurance companies — National Liability & Fire Insurance Co. and the Boat Owners Association of the United States — must pay Carman's $85,000 insurance claim for his lost boat, the Chicken Pox.

Judge John J. McConnell said it will be a few weeks before he issues a written decision in the case.

The Chicken Pox sank in September 2016 while Nathan Carman was tuna fishing off Long Island with his mother, Linda Carman, on board. She is missing and presumed dead. Carman, a resident of Vernon, Vt., was rescued eight days later by a freighter off the coast of Martha's Vineyard while floating in a raft

The insurance companies have refused to pay Carman's claim and instead sued him in federal court alleging the Chicken Pox either sank because of the faulty repairs he made to it before the ill-fated voyage or because he deliberately wanted to sink it.

Carman's three aunts, meanwhile, have accused him of first murdering his grandfather John Chakalos in 2013 and then deliberately sinking the boat to kill his mother so he would stand to inherit her $7 million share of his grandfather's estate.

Despite police investigations and court filings, Carman has never been charged with any crimes and has maintained all along he loved his grandfather and didn't kill him, and that his boat sinking was a tragic accident.

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