Utah suspect in wife’s cruise ship murder has court date

Kristy Manzanares. Photo: Facebook

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Kenneth Manzanares, the Southern Utah man charged with his wife’s cruise ship beating death, will appear Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage via video conference from a courtroom in Juneau.

Manzanares, 39, was indicted earlier this month for the July 25 death of wife Kristy Manzanares, also 39. The Santa Clara residents were aboard the Emerald Princess with their daughters for an anniversary cruise.

Mazanares will appear via video conference from Juneau, where he has been held since his arrest.

Legal documents filed in Anchorage said that on the night of his wife’s death, Manzanares answered his cabin door with blood covering his hands and clothing, according to a witness identified as D.H.

When D.H. entered the cabin, he saw the suspect’s wife, on the floor, covered with blood. When D.H. asked why he did it, Kenneth Manzanares replied: “She would not stop laughing at me.”

The dead woman was found with severe wounds to her head.

“D.H. then observed Manzanares grab K.M.’s body and drag her toward the
balcony in cabin D726. D.H. then grabbed the ankles of K.M.’s body and pulled her back into the cabin of D726,” the court documents say.

“Soon after, Emerald Princess security entered D726 and restrained and secured Manzanares. Later, when Manzanares was being processed during a search by the F.B.I. for physical evidence, he spontaneously stated, ‘my life is over.’”

Gephardt Daily will have more information on Manzanares’ court appearance as information becomes available.

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