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Jury selection begins for murder trial of NY man accused of killing son for insurance

Lawyers have begun interviewing potential jurors for the trial of an upstate New York man accused of killing his son for a hefty insurance payout.

Seneca County prosecutors say Monday that opening statements in the case against Karl Karlsen case are expected on Nov. 6.

Karlsen is charged with second-degree murder and insurance fraud in the death of his son Levi. The 23-year-old was killed in 2008 when the truck he was working under fell on him. Karlsen was the sole beneficiary of a $700,000 life insurance policy.

Authorities have also begun taking a new look into the 1991 death of Karlsen's former wife, Christina Karlsen. She died in a Calaveras County, Calif., fire that also resulted in an insurance payout.

Karlsen denies any wrongdoing.

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