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Judge puts off request to dismiss a lawsuit in mystery deaths

CONCORD, N. H. – A New Hampshire judge on Friday and a decision on whether to dismiss a lawsuit accusing a Vermont man of killing his millionaire grandfather and possibly his mother for the inheritance money.

Nathan Carman is a suspect in the 2013 shooting death of 87-year-old property developer John Chakalos in Connecticut. No one has been arrested. He has also asked a question about the day his boat sank last year in the area of Rhode Island with his mother on board. She is presumed dead.

Carman, who is not in court Friday, denying any involvement in both cases.

His mother, three sisters called in New Hampshire, in July, pointing to Chakalos had New Hampshire driving and boating licenses, and that he voted in the state. Known as a slayer lawsuit, their lawyer said that the family is trying “to prevent Nathan Carman to take advantage of the murder of his grandfather.”

Carman wants the lawsuit dismissed, said his grandfather was not a resident of New Hampshire at the time of his death.

Lawyers of the sisters are also call for additional documents related to the case remain sealed. They argued in court that the documents could be in the way of research and bringing unwanted media attention that is in them.

Judge David King said he would take the request under advisement. He had no rule on the request to dismiss the lawsuit, saying, he would give the two sides a few months to gather information before returning to update him.

“The family is very happy that we proceed with discovery in this matter, “the sisters’ attorney, Dan Small, told reporters. “There are many questions without answers, and many of the answers without justice.”

In July, the sisters filed a lawsuit in New Hampshire accuse Carman of the killing of Chakalos and possibly Carman’s mother. They have asked a judge to block Carman from collecting money from his grandfather’s estate. Chakalos left more than $29 million for his four daughters, including Carman, the mother of Linda, and $7 million of that money could go to Carman.

Klein has said that all the evidence points to the Carman as the killer. If the family wins the lawsuit, Small has said that the money that would have gone to Carman would go on to investigate the death.

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