A California court judge ruled yesterday that incriminating statements made by 56-year old Karl Karlsen to the Seneca County Sheriff’s deputies in 2012 and to a Calaveras County California detective in 2014 will be allowed as evidence in Karlsen’s murder trial, which is scheduled to begin next week. Karlsen is accused of starting a fire at his family’s California home in 1991 to kill his wife Christina Karlsen and collect on a $200,000 life insurance policy.
The Union Democrat reports that the judge will also allow two audio recordings of Karlsen in 1991 made by fire Investigators. The audio records came from two boxes of materials that an investigator kept in his basement for 20 years after the close of the original arson investigation. The box, which includes police reports, insurance company reports, a video recording, photographs and other items, would be allowed as evidence.
Karlsen is currently serving a 28-years-to-life sentence in Seneca County after he pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder of his son, Levi, and committing insurance fraud to collect on an insurance policy he had submitted just days before Levi’s death.
Karlsen admitted he knocked a truck off a lift and it fell on his son in 2008 at their Romulus farm.
Jury selection in California is scheduled to begin next Wednesday.