Whether the Vermont man whose mother was never seen again after their boat sank during a fishing trip in 2016 is compensated by his insurers for the loss of the vessel is in a judge's hands.
Insurers say they shouldn't have to pay Nathan Carman's $85,000 claim because he made suspicious alterations to the vessel before leaving Rhode Island. Carman has denied that.
In closing statements Wednesday in the trial in federal court in Providence, Rhode Island, an attorney for the insurers said Carman has "deep-rooted credibility problems."
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Carman's attorney argued the boat was already in poor condition when his client bought it and wouldn't deliberately risk harming his mother.
Linda Carman, of Middletown, Connecticut, is presumed dead.
The judge said he would issue a written ruling within about two weeks.