Secret Recordings Could be Used in Karlsen Murder Trial

Prosecutors are looking to use secret recordings of conversations between 53-year-old Karl Karlsen of Romulus and wife Cindy in his upcoming murder trial in October. 

According to, prosecutors also plan to use a one-page statement from Karlsen the day he was arrested.  Karlsen in April plead not guilty to a charge of second degree murder and insurance fraud in the death of his 23-year-old son Levi Karlsen.

Four more charges connected to Levi's last will and testament were filed against Karl last month.

Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.

In court this morning, it was revealed that Cindy Karlsen recorded Karlsen November 14th and November 16th each conversation saved and stored on thumb drives.  In his statements to the Seneca County Sheriff's, Karlsen told The Post-Standard he could not remember what he said but he was questioned for hours by police and denied his pain killers. 

Lawrence Kasperek, Karlsen's lawyer, says the recordings and statements were not obtained legally. 

Seneca County Court Judge Dennis Bender scheduled a hearing for July 2nd to determine whether Karl Karlsen's statement and the recordings by Cindy Karlsen can be admitted as evidence in Karlsen's trial.

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