Judge: Fires Cannot be Introduced at Karlsen Murder Trial

Jurors selected next week for the Karl Karlsen murder trial will not hear about three fires where the Romulus man collected a total of more than a million dollars in insurance money.  

Seneca County Judge Dennis Bender has ruled that the prosecution cannot introduce evidence about the three fires. 

Christina Karlsen

In 1986 Karlsen's new Dodge Charger mysteriously caught on fire in his driveway. In 1991 his first wife, Christina, died in a suspicious fire. He collected a $200,000. In 2002, Karlsen's horse barn in Varick caught fire.  Karlsen collected $115,000.  

Karlsen is accused of killing his son 23-year old Levi in 2008 and collecting over $700,000 from an insurance policy. 

Last week, over 600 Seneca County residents were called in to fill out jury questionnaires.  Jury selection begins on Monday and the murder trial will start next week once the jury is seated.


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