Nathan Carman's bail hearing postponed

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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'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.

Nathan Carman, rescued from a life raft after the death of his mother and the sinking of his fishing boat off the coast of Rhode Island, arrives at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Boston on Sept. 27, 2016.
Nathan Carman, rescued from a life raft after the death of his mother and the sinking of his fishing boat off the coast of Rhode Island, arrives at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Boston on Sept. 27, 2016.

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.

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

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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.

This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: Nathan Carman bail hearing postponed, charged in mom's death at sea