BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – The man accused of killing his mother at sea to inherit millions of dollars petitioned a federal court on Wednesday to authorize his release from custody.
Attorneys for Nathan Carman filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Burlington, saying the evidence against him was “poor at best” and that he was not a flight risk or a danger to the community.
As conditions for the release, Carman is willing to surrender his passport, undergo electronic surveillance and hand over all of his money, $10,000, to a third party or post part of that money as bail, the filing said.
So was he criminally investigated and faced with civil lawsuits for nearly a decade, but he always appeared in court.
“At no point during this long period has Mr. Carman ever attempted to threaten a Witness, improperly contact a Witness, or attempted to influence a Witness in any way,” the filing reads. “There is currently no evidence to support such a claim.”
After Carman’s arrest, prosecutors argued that he should be held because he posed a risk of absconding and was a danger to the community.
Carman has been arrested since his Arrested in May on charges of first-degree murder on the death of his mother, Linda Carman of Middletown, Connecticut, while on a fishing trip off the coast of Rhode Island. Her body was never found.
He was also accused of multiple fraud.
Authorities also claimed that Carman killed his grandfather, John Chakalos, at his home in Windsor, Connecticut, in 2013 as part of a scheme to obtain money and property from his grandfather’s estate, but he was not charged with that murder.
Wednesday’s filing states that during his eight years in Vernon, Vermont, Carman lived a quiet life with strong ties to the community, attending town forums, attending a local church and having many local friends.
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