Man rescued at sea denied request for sealing of warrant

Nathan Carman speaks to reporters after a memorial service was held for his mother, Linda. (WTNH / Stephanie Simoni)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has denied a request from a man rescued at sea to seal from public view a warrant that disclosed that he was a suspect in the 2013 slaying of his millionaire grandfather.

A lawyer for Nathan Carman argued it could hurt his client’s efforts to find a job if the document remained in the public domain.

Related: Police at scene of 2013 killing linked to lost-at-sea case 

The judge denied the request following a hearing Thursday. Carman’s lawyer, Trent Lalima said the paperwork contains damaging, unproven allegations. Carman was a suspect in the 2013 death of his grandfather who was found dead in his home shot three times. A 2014 search warrant obtained by News 8 alleges that Carman was the last person to see his grandfather alive.
Lalima said keeping the warrant available to the public could have long term consequences. He says Carman is looking to start a business and it could damage his future reputation.

Carman’s mother, Linda Carman, of Middletown, is presumed dead after their boat sank in the Atlantic Ocean in September. Nathan Carman was found in a life raft.

Related: Search underway at New Hampshire property owned by Nathan Carman’s grandfather

The warrant said Carman was a suspect in the still-unsolved killing of his grandfather, John Chakalos, in Windsor, Connecticut. More recently police have described Carman as a person of interest.

Carman has denied any wrongdoing.

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