"I am not trying to be difficult but I am trying to stick with my memory," Carman told attorney
Farrell questioned Carman about his replacement of a bilge pump and holes he had to fill with epoxy after he removed the boat's trim tabs, which assist with a boat's stability and control in the water. Carman testified that he recalled telling the
"I know that I did not enlarge the holes. I remember at the time when my memory was fresh... I said slightly larger than a quarter," Carman testified.
Farrell asked about the repairs to the holes that went through the transom of the boat. "I know for a fact the seals of putty I made were bigger than the holes."
Carman insisted that he did not further cut into the boat when he fixed the holes.
"I did not bore a hole in my boat period. I don't remember if I used a drill bit or the teeth of a whole saw to rough up the edge of the hole," Carman said, noting that he was following the directions of the resin he was using to cover the holes.
The insurance companies,
The case has drawn significant interest because Carman's three aunts have accused him of murdering his grandfather,
About a month after the boat sank off
Carman and his mother, Linda, left
"I looked around and called out for her while I was in the water and after getting on board the life raft," Carman wrote. "I continued to try and locate my mom looking for her and calling out and listening for a reply until dark, then I made myself rest."
Attorneys for the insurance companies have indicated that Carman could be the last witness they call after Judge
Carman is still considered a person of interest by investigators probing the grandfather's murder in
Before the trial started, McConnell barred testimony about Chakalos' murder and said attorneys representing the insurance companies would not be able to ask questions about the murder when Carman took the stand.
Farrell instead could focus on the repairs that Carman made to the boat a day before the trip and the travel of the boat that day.
Farrell has set up nautical maps in the courtroom that show
Earlier in the trial, Farrell has called several witnesses that raise questions about Carman's story including a man who was trawling for lobsters for 10 hours the day Carman says the boat sank but never saw the Chicken Pox or a life raft.
A Naval architect,
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