Husband charged in wife's 1991 murder in Calaveras County

After an extensive investigation, the husband of a Murphys woman found dead 23 years ago is being charged with killing her.

The Calaveras County District Attorney's Office has filed a criminal complaint charging Karl Karlsen with the first-degree murder of 30-year-old Christina Karlsen. She died in a fire at the couple's home.

County sheriff's investigators took another look into Karl Karlsen's alleged involvement in November 2012 when they were contacted by investigators in New York building a case against Karlsen in the 2008 death of his son Levi Karlsen. The elder Karlsen was charged with murder and insurance fraud for collecting on his son's life insurance when he died. Karlsen pleaded guilty to murder in November 2013.

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