Trial date set for Waterloo man accused of murdering son for insurance money

Karl Karlsen

A trial is expected to start his fall for a central New York man charged with killing his 23-year-old son in a staged accident to collect his life insurance.

Local media outlets report that Seneca County prosecutors say Karl Karlsen of Romulus rejected a plea deal Monday and will go on trial starting Oct. 28.

Karlsen pleaded not guilty in February to charges he murdered his son, Levi, in 2008 for insurance money.

The son was found crushed under a truck he'd been working on at the family's Finger Lakes property.

Investigators learned earlier this year about a life insurance policy taken out days before the death and arrested the father.

Police say they're also interested in the death of Karlsen's wife, Christena Karlsen, in a 1991 California fire.