Jury Selection Underway in Karl Karlsen Murder Trial

Jury selection is underway for the upcoming murder trial of the Romulus Man accused of killing his son and collecting more than $700,000 in insurance money.

Karl Karlsen's trial will start next week after a jury is selected. On Friday, over 600 Seneca County residents were summoned to court to begin the jury process.  They filled out questionaires that asked them if they had heard about the case and if they had formed any opinions. 

This week, Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porch and Defense Attorney Larry Kasperek will sort through the questionaires. Potential jurors will be called back to court next week when 12 people will be selected. 

Karlsen is charged with second-degree murder, accused of killing his son, 23-year old Levi, in November 2008. He was arrested the day after Thanksgiving last year after a yearlong investigation into Levi's death, which was originally ruled an accident.

When Karlsen goes on trial later prosecutors want the jury to know that Karlsen's first wife died 17 years earlier under suspicious circumstances. Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch has asked a judge for permission to introduce evidence about the fire that killed Karlsen's first wife, Christina, in California on New Year's Day 1991.

Seneca County Court Judge Dennis Bender is expected to rule on that request sometime this week.

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Facebook: Justice for Christina and Levi Karlsen

California Reopens Fatal Karlsen Fire Investigation

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