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CA police reopen fire death probe after NY case

Posted: December 12, 2012 1:08 p.m.
Updated: December 12, 2012 1:08 p.m.

Police believe that Karl Karlsen killed his son, Levi, in 2008, making it look like the pick-up truck they were working on fell on him by accident. They took a second look at the case death after discovering a change in the life insurance policy.

ROMULUS, N.Y. (AP) — Police in California have reopened an investigation into a 1991 fire that killed the wife of an upstate New York man recently charged with murdering his son.

The Calaveras County sheriff's office said Wednesday they are interviewing people about the 1991 fire in northern California that killed Christena Karlsen, a 30-year-old mother of three young children. Her husband, Karl Karlsen, said then it was caused by a kerosene spill.

Karl Karlsen was charged last month with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of insurance fraud in the 2008 death of his son Levi Karlsen. He was crushed beneath a truck he was working on in the Finger Lakes.

New York police recently learned about a life insurance policy on 23-year-old Levi Karlsen taken out days before his death.


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