Collecting insurance money seems to be a way of life for 53-year old Karl Karlsen of Romulus.
In Seneca County Court yesterday, for the first day of a hearing to determine what evidence will be allowed at Karlsen's upcoming murder and insurance fraud trial, the court was shown 3 hours of a more than 9 hour videotaped interrogation of Karlsen by State Police and Seneca County Sheriff's Department investigators. The interview was last November when Karlsen was first arrested.
Karlsen told investigators he did not kill his son Levi. Karlsen is accused of his son's 2008 murder by allowing a pick up truck Levi was working on to fall on him. Karlsen told investigators he was being set up by his wife Cindy.
Karl Karlsen is lead from the Seneca County Courthouse. Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.
Kalsen admitted to collecting on a $200,000 life insurance policy after his first wife died in a 1991 house fire in California. He also admitted to collecting $80,000 in insurance money after a 2002 Varick barn fire that killed his prized Belgian horses. Karlsen received $700,000 as the sole beneficiary of Levi's life insurance policy.
Karlsen has also been charged with concealing a will and perjury
The hearing continues this morning in Waterloo.
Karlsen's trial is scheduled to start in October. It will be the first murder trial in Seneca County in over ten years.