Calaveras Judge Denies Change Of Venue For Karlsen

Calaveras Judge Denies Change Of Venue For Karlsen

Calaveras Superior Court Judge, Thomas Smith has denied a change of venue motion for Karlsen after declaring that the juror pool was not tainted. Karl Karlsen, 56, is awaiting trial for the death of his wife Christina Karlsen in 1991. Karlsen is accused of killing his wife over 25 years ago by deliberately setting the couples Calaveras County house on fire, then collecting on a $200,000 life insurance payout and then moving to New York. According to court documents, Scott Gross, Karlsen’s attorney, attempted to have another location changed to El Dorado County. Also, according to another motion filed, the defense has argued that the evidence from the initial investigation no longer exists to provide a proper defense. The court will hear a motion from the defense to dismiss the case based on a perceived violation of due process at 1:30 P.M. at Oct. 5. Meanwhile, Karlsen remains in custody without bail. 

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