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Brother of Karl Karlsen speaks

Seneca County - The Seneca County father serving 15 years to life for murdering his son last year, now faces new charges in connection to his first wife's death in California.

If convicted, Karl Karlsen could face the death penalty. He is accused of killing his wife Christina who was found dead inside their California home in 1991 after a fire.

Her death was previously ruled an accident, and Karlsen collected insurance money.

"The suspicions have been there for 24 years," said Mike Karlsen, Karl's older brother, who spoke to 13WHAM Sunday.

Mike said this may offer Christina's family in California some closure.

"The New York state investigators pretty much handed them the case, and California decided they did have enough to open it and look into it," said Karlsen.

Karlsen was charged with killing his son Levi in November 2012, and staging it as an accident. Investigators learned Karlsen had enrolled in life insurance shortly before Levi's death. Karlsen plead guilty.

"At the end of the day he's still my brother," said Mike. "I'm ashamed and embarrassed and saddened by what he did."

Mike told 13WHAM that his brother writes to him. The two have not spoken in three years.

Karlsen was recently granted a public defender, and has filed to overturn his guilty plea in his son's death.

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