UPDATE: Karl Karlsen Back In Seneca County Court

No bail for Karl Karlsen.

Karlsen appeared in Seneca County Court for the 4th time Monday afternoon following his arrest last November on murder and insurance fraud charges.

This time he had an attorney. Karlsen is being represented by Lawrence Kasperek of Rochester.

Kasperek entered not guilty pleas to all the charges in the indictment haded up by a Seneca County Grand Jury in December.   Karlsen is charged with two counts of murder and one count of insurance fraud.

Kasperek asked Judge Dennis Bender to set bail and allow Karlsen to get out of jail because he has serious medical issues that are not being treated in jail.  Kasperek told the court that Karlsen, because he is in jail, cannot get the "control substance" medication needed to treat his medical issues.  He said Karlsen can provide for his own medical care.

Kasperek also said since he has been in jail, property Karlsen owns is deteriorating and that property could be held as collateral for bail.

Kasperek says Karlsen has already been in jail for 72 days since his arrest, he added Karlsen is not flight risk and could be placed under electronic monitoring.


Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch answers questions about Karlsen's court appearance Monday.  Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.

The Seneca County District Attorney's Office argued against bail saying Karlsen is charged with murder, under investigation in California where he could face the death penalty, has no known source of income, and is estranged from his wife.

Judge Bender denied bail at this time, and asked the defense attorney to put his arguements for bail in writing and present it to the court.

Kalsen's case was rescheduled for April 8th.

Seneca County authorities charged Karlsen on November 24, 2012  with murdering his 23-year old son Levi. They say Karl Karlsen caused a pickup truck to fall off a jack onto his son while Levi Karlsen was working under the truck.

Just 17 days before his death, Levi Karlsen took out a $700,000 life insurance policy that named his father as the beneficiary. The financial adviser who sold that policy said Karl Karlsen and his second wife, Cindy, tells the Post Standard, they later withdrew all of that money from accounts intended for Levi Karlsen's two young daughters.

California police have also re-opened an investigation into a 1991 fire that killed Karlsen's wife, Christina.


A Seneca County man is accused of killing his son and staging it as an accident is set to appear in court today.

52-year old Karl Karlsen will be arraigned on charges of second degree murder and insurance fraud after the death of his son Levi in 2008. Karlsen is accused of killing Levi by causing a pickup truck to fall on him.

Karl Karlsen had to use a walker to enter the Seneca County Courthouse in December.  Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.

Police say an insurance policy was taken out just days before Levi's death.

Karlsen has appeared twice in Seneca County Court, both times without an attorney.  He has now retained attorney Lawrence Kasperek of Rochester.

Karlsen, of Varick, is also under investigation by authorities in California in connection with the death of his first wife in a 1991 house fire.


In a jailhouse interview with The Post-Standard, Karlsen said he was innocent of the charges.


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