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Karlsen Makes Demand For Murder Trial Date

Karlsen Makes Demand For Murder Trial Date

Karl Karlsen, the man accused of setting fire to his family’s home, leading to the death of his wife, has demanded that a date for his murder trial be scheduled within 60 days. Karlsen made the demand, Monday in Calaveras County Superior Court, but his attorney said a continuance motion will likely be filed to postpone it again. Karlsen’s attorney, Tony Salazar, said Karlsen’s decision was made against his advice. At the next scheduled court date of Jan. 7, Salazar said he planned to file a motion to continue the trial date. Karlsen’s trial and jury selection will likely last a month. Karlsen is accused of murdering his wife, Christina Karlsen, by starting a fire at their home in Murphys in 1991 to collect a $200,000 life insurance policy in her name.  Karlsen’s demand for the trial date comes after weeks of postponements from his public defenders, Salazar and Leigh Fleming (the latter was not present on Monday) and the departure of his previous lawyer, Scott Gross.   According to Calaveras County Superior Court records, Karlsen’s new attorneys have not yet filed any motions on his behalf.

Written by KVGC Staff

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