A Seneca County grand jury has indicted a Romulus man accused of killing his son.
According to D-A Barry Porsch, 52 year old Karl Karlsen has been indicted on two counts of murder in the second degree (intentional murder and depraved indifference murder) and one count of insurance fraud in the second degree.
The maximum possible sentence on the murder counts is 25 years to life. The first count of the indictment alleges that on November 20, 2008, Karl Karlsen, under circumstances showing a depraved indifference to human life, recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to Levi Karlsen and thereby caused the death of the 23 year old man by causing a motor vehicle to fall on him.
The second count of the indictment alleges that Karl Karlsen intentionally caused the death of Levi Karlsen by causing a motor vehicle to fall on him.
The third count alleges that in or between November and December 2008, Karl Karlsen knowingly committed a fraudulent insurance act with intent to defraud and wrongfully obtained property with a value in excess of fifty thousand dollars.
Authorities were told by the boy’s father, that he and his wife left to attend a family event and that when they returned home, a vehicle his son was working on fell off a jack and pinned Levi Karlsen, who was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
At that time, there were no indications of foul play. But new information was developed in March of this year. Deputies learned that a substantial life insurance policy was taken out on Levi days before his death naming his father as the sole beneficiary.
Karlsen is due back in court December 10th.