UPDATE: Karl Karlsen Trial Date Set

Update: 3:25 p.m - From Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch


Today, Karl Karlsen rejected the possibility of pleading guilty and requested a trial date.  A three-count indictment has charged Karlsen with two counts of murder in the second degree and one count of insurance fraud in the second degree.  The indictment alleges that Karlsen caused the death of his son, Levi Karlsen, by causing a motor vehicle to fall on him.

The Seneca County Court set the following dates:

Defendant’s motions will be argued on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

The suppression hearing will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

The jury trial will start on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM with jury selection.

Prosecuting the case will be Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch.  Representing the defendant will be Lawrence L. Kasperek, Esq. of Rochester, New York


The Seneca County father charged in connection with his son's death is expected in court today.

52-year old Karl Karlsen of Romulus has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and insurance fraud. 23- year old Levi Karlsen died in 2008. He was found crushed under a truck he was working on in a barn at the family's home. 

Karl Karlsen-Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.

Karlsen was charged in November with his son's death and is also under investigation in California for the death of his wife 21 years ago.

Karlsen is being held in the Seneca County Jail without bail.

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