Waterloo (WSYR-TV) – A Seneca County man already accused of murdering his son in 2008
was indicted on new charges that he tried to conceal his son’s will, which was made shortly before his death.
Karl Karlsen of Romulus pleaded not guilty to the four count indictment, which included three felonies:
-Perjury in the first degree
-Perjury in the second degree
-Making an apparently sworn false statement in the first degree
He was also indicted on the misdemeanor charge of offering a false instrument for filing in the second degree.
According to the District Attorney’s office, the will gave Karl Karlsen power of attorney over Levi Karlsen’s assets in order to distribute them to his daughters.
Investigators initially said that the incident was a tragic accident, but new information compelled them to investigate the case as murder.
Detectives learned that a substantial life insurance policy was taken out on 23-year-old Levi Karlsen before his death and that Karl Karlsen and his wife were the sole beneficiaries.
Authorities in California are investigating an allegedly similar case in California in which Karl Karlsen’s wife was killed in a fire
He was found to be the sole beneficiary of his wife’s insurance police in that incident as well.
“It was a similar situation of a fairly fresh insurance policy for a substantial amount of money,” Seneca County Sheriff Jack Stenberg said at the time.
Investigators say they are still working with authorities in California on the case there.