A Vermont man denies in court papers allegations that he killed his millionaire grandfather in 2013.
"By murdering his grandfather, Nathan deprived John of the enjoyment of his last years, the fruits of his industry, and his family", attorneys for Nathan Carman's aunts wrote. She's presumed dead. He said he doesn't know if anyone has seen his mother since their fishing trip in 2016.
He did, however, admit that Linda Carman was not in a life raft that was with Nathan Carman's vessel when it sank. Police have acknowledged that Carman is a suspect in that case, but no one has been charged.
Linda Carman's three sisters - Valerie Santilli, Elaine Chakalos, and Charlene Gallagher - argue in their suit that "the facts uncovered to date warrant a finding that Nathan killed his grandfather".
"John Chakalos was a long time resident of Chesterfield, New Hampshire, and a well-known, active member of the community", said Dan Small, Holland & Knight LLP in a written statement.
The response from Carman's lawyers "denies" they argued and says he doesn't have the information to draw conclusions about the gun.
Linda Carman was never found.
The two had been on a fishing trip when their boat sank. John Chakalos gave generously and consistently for many decades to the local library and police and fire departments, as well as charities that cared for New Hampshire families in need.
Carman on Wednesday moved to dismiss the lawsuit, saying Chakalos wasn't a resident of New Hampshire at the time of his death.
Nathan Carman told investigators that the boat took on water quickly so he ran and grabbed the emergency kit before it sank and got on the life raft.
Nathan Carman was rescued in a life raft at sea by a cargo ship.
The suit also claims, "Prior to leaving shore, Nathan removed the trim tabs from the boat, which left patched holes that made the boat more risky and easier to sink". "He loved the home that he and his wife Rita had built and which they shared with the surrounding community every Christmas. The groundless claims and denials contained in Nathan Carman's response filing do not reflect reality, and we are confident the legal process will recognize this".