Karlsen Trial To Begin

Karlsen Trial To Begin

Testimony in the murder trial of Karl Karlsen, is scheduled to begin today. Last week following two-and-a-half days of questioning by the prosecution and defense teams, a of 12 and 4 alternates was seated.  Karlsen is facing trial, in the 1991 death of his wife Kristina, who died in a fire at the family’s home in Murphys.  At the time the incident was deemed accidental and Karl later received $200,000 in insurance money following the death of his wife.  17 years after her death, In 2008, the couple’s 23-year-old son, Levi, died in what was initially reported to be an accident on the family’s property in upstate New York.  Levi was crushed underneath a truck and his father Karl was the sole beneficiary of his $700,000 life insurance policy.  The father was later charged with murder. The earlier fire incident in Calaveras gained additional scrutiny around that time, and 2014, Karlsen was charged with murder for the death of his wife.  He is currently serving a 15-years-to-life sentence in New York for the death of his son and was extradited to California to face the local charge.  The trial is expected to last two weeks.                                     Written by Jerry Guidi

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