More Charges For Romulus Man Accused of Killing His Son

More charges for the Romulus man accused of killing his son in 2008. Karl Karlsen was charged last November with the murder of his son Levi.

Karlsen is accused of hiding his late son Levi's last will and testament from investigators, as well as lying under oath.

In a four count indictment unsealed Tuesday, Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch says Karlsen lied about the last will and testament his son finalized just hours before his death.

Levi died just 17 days after he bought a a $700,000 life insurance policy that made Karl Karlsen the beneficiary.

Karl Karlsen had nothing to say to reporters as he left the Seneca County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.  Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.

Seneca County Sheriff Jack Stenberg says Karl and Levi Karlsen had Levi's handwritten will notarized at a local bank the morning of November 20, 2008. Levi died that afternoon when a truck fell on him at his father's garage on Yale Farm Road in the town of Romulus.

New York State Police Major Mark Kross and Seneca County Sheriff Jack Stenburg.

Levi's death was just one day before he was scheduled for a physical exam required to keep that temporary life insurance policy in effect.

Karl Karlsen pleaded not guilty in February to charges of second-degree murder and insurance fraud. Last month he rejected a chance to plead guilty to second-degree murder. His trial is scheduled to start October 25th.

Karlsen's next court date in Seneca County has been scheduled for May 28, when lawyers will argue motions.

Karlsen is being represented by Rochester attorney Lawrence Kasperek.


Defense Attorney Lawrence Kasperek.  All Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.

Following his arrest in Seneca County last year, investigators began looking into a fire that claimed the life of Karlsen's first wife, 30-year old Christina Karlsen in California in 1991. She died in a house fire.  Karlsen said that fire was accidental. Christina's family has told the media that Karl took out a large insurance policy on her shortly before she died in the fire.

Christina Karlsen

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