A New Hampshire probate court judge on Wednesday gave Nathan Carman 10 days to answer certain questions from his aunts and provide them with documents in their lawsuit alleging he killed his wealthy grandfather.
The aunts are suing Carman, 24, in an effort to block him from collecting millions of dollars from the estate of his slain grandfather, the developer John Chakalos.
In a five-page order Wednesday, Judge David D. King entered an order of conditional default against Carman for failing to provide his aunts with information they requested in a timely manner.
The specific questions and documents weren’t enumerated in the ruling.
If Carman fails to provide the requested information within the 10-day period, his aunts can ask King to enter a default judgment against him and assess damages, records show.
Chakalos was found shot to death in December 2013, and police have labeled Carman a person of interest in the slaying, according to court records.
However, Carman hasn’t been charged and adamantly denies killing his grandfather.
Court records indicate that approximately five weeks before the murder, Carman bought a firearm that was identical in caliber to the gun that killed Chakalos. The murder weapon hasn’t been found.
Also in Wednesday’s ruling, King denied a request from Carman’s aunts to file a status report under seal and to hold a status conference in the case, slated for Oct. 4, in a closed session in King’s chambers.
King said the hearing will go forward in public but “if [it] appears that confidential matters need to be addressed by the court, [the court] will close the courtroom and proceed, on the record, with any issues that may be deemed properly confidential. It shall be up to the parties to notify the court prior to disclosing any confidential matters, at a bench conference, if appropriate.”
Separately, Carman faces a federal lawsuit in Rhode Island related to his mother’s disappearance.
Carman and his mother, Linda, set sail in September 2016 from Point Judith, R.I., in Carman’s boat, which sank about 100 miles offshore. Carman was later rescued, but his mother hasn’t been found.
The boat’s insurer alleges in the Rhode Island suit that Carman made suspicious alterations to the vessel before the trip, with the intention of sinking it.
Carman has denied the allegations, with his lawyers calling the sinking “unexpected and entirely accidental.”
The insurer wants a judge to toss Carman’s $85,000 claim on the sunken boat.
With Linda Carman’s presumed death, her share of Chakalos’s estate would go to Nathan, her only child, unless the aunts succeed in their New Hampshire lawsuit.
In a related development, Carman went to a Connecticut probate court Thursday to ask a judge to remove his aunt as executor of a trust established for him by his grandfather, as part of an effort by Carman to access up to $150,000 from the fund for legal expenses. The judge took the matter under advisement.