Convicted murderer and former Romulus resident Karl Karlsen will not go on trial this month for the death of his first wife.
According to the newspaper,”The Union Democrat” of Sonora, California, a judge this week agreed with a defense motion questioning Karlsen’s mental competency to stand trial. Jury selection in the California trial was supposed to start next week, now its scheduled for later in April.
Karlsen has been accused of setting a fire at his home in 1991 that killed his wife, Christina, and collecting $200,000 in life insurance following her death.
Karlsen was sentenced to 28 years to life in Seneca County, after pleading guilty murder, and committing insurance fraud to collect on an insurance policy he had submitted just days before the death of his son, Levi, who had been pinned under a truck at their Romulus farm in 2008.
Karl Karlsen leaves the Seneca County Courthouse in Waterloo. Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.