A postponement for Karl Karlsen’s California murder trial.
Just a day before the former Romulus man was scheduled to go on trial for the death of his first wife, the trial was postponed because Karlsen’s lawyer quit citing a conflict of interest according to the Union Democrat. The conflict of interest was not revealed in open court.
The 56-year old Karlsen is accused of murdering his wife, Christina, after starting a fire at his family home in 1991 and collecting on a $200,000 life insurance policy.
Karlsen is already serving a 28-years-to-life sentence in Seneca County after he pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the death 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.