In order to guarantee a fair trial for Karl Karlsen, Seneca County Judge Dennis Bender today ruled there will not be video or audio coverage in the courtroom, but Bender is allowing still photographs to be taken during the proceedings.
"48 Hours," "Inside Edition," "Nightline" and other media outlets filed court requests to shoot video of the proceedings. Media representatives from The Post-Standard, "48 Hours" and a Rochester television station argued that Bender should allow cameras.
Karl Karlsen leaves the Seneca County Courthouse after an appearance earlier this year. Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.
The 58-year old Romulus man is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his son, Levi. Prosecutors say Karlsen knocked pickup truck off a jack onto Levi's chest in 2008. Karlsen is also charged with insurance fraud, he collected $707,000 after Levi's death.
Jury selection for the trial starts next week.
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