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Nathan Carman's bail hearing postponed

Nathan Carman
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FILE — Nathan Carman arrives in a small boat at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Boston on Sept. 27, 2016. Carman spent a week at sea in a life raft before being rescued by a passing freighter. Carman was arraigned in federal court in Rutland, Vt., on May 11, 2022, on charges of killing his mother during a fishing trip at sea to inherit the family's wealth.

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man charged with killing his mother at sea to inherit the family's estate will remain in custody, after his bail hearing was postponed for at least two months.

Nathan Carman pleaded not guilty last week to multiple fraud charges and first-degree murder in the 2016 death of his mother, Linda Carman, of Middletown, Connecticut.

Carman's hearing, slated for Monday, was postponed Friday for at least 60 days by U.S. District Judge Geoffrey Crawford of Vermont, The Boston Globe reports.

Lawyers appointed to represent the 28-year-old Vernon resident had sought an indefinite postponement of the hearing to conduct their own investigation and interview potential witness, the newspaper said.

Crawford said defense lawyers could seek more time beyond 60 days if needed. That means Carman, for now, will remain in custody.

Prosecutors have argued he should remain detained while he awaits trial because he poses a flight risk and is a danger to the community.

Carman was found in an inflatable raft off the coast of Massachusetts eight days after leaving a Rhode Island marina on a fishing trip with his mother, who was never found.

Authorities allege Carman also killed his grandfather, John Chakalos, at his home in Windsor, Connecticut, in 2013 as part of a scheme to obtain money and property from Chakalos' estate, but he was not charged with that killing.