Waterloo man pleads not guilty to killing his son for insurance money
Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:45:11 GMT —
A 53-year-old upstate New York man has pleaded not guilty to charges he killed his son in a staged accident to collect his life insurance.
Rochester media report that Karl Karlsen was arraigned Monday on charges of second-degree murder and insurance fraud in Seneca County Court.
Karlsen's 23-year-old son Levi Karlsen was found crushed under a truck he'd been working on at the family's Finger Lakes property in 2008.
Karl Karlsen told sheriff's deputies he'd come home and found his son dead. But investigators learned this year about a life insurance policy taken out days before the death and arrested the father.
After the charges in New York late last year, police in Calaveras County, Calif., reopened an investigation into a 1991 fire that killed Karlsen's wife, Christena.
Karlsen has said the fire was accidental.