Kenneth who was arrested in the death of his 39-year-old wife told a witness “she would not stop laughing at me” before he dragged her body toward the cruise ship’s balcony, the court documents furthers state.
The couple had taken the cruise to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary and their teenage daughters were with them on the vacation, along with their neighbors.
The witness said they then “grabbed the ankles” of the victim’s body and “pulled her back in.” Cruise security arrived shortly after
Officials during a press conference on Thursday announced they had charged Kenneth Manzanares with the murder of his wife, Kristy Manzanares, who was found with a severe head wound in her room aboard the Emerald Princess cruise ship following a “domestic dispute” Tuesday, around 9 p.m.
“Blood was spread throughout the room on multiple surfaces” and medical personnel pronounced the 39-year-old mother dead about 20 minutes later, according to the affidavit.Feds investigating death of Utah woman ‘during domestic altercation’ aboard cruise ship in Alaska
Other witnesses and the security officer said they spotted blood on Kenneth’s hands as he was taken to an adjoining cabin in cuffs.
Later, when being processed during an FBI search the suspect “spontaneously stated, ‘my life is over.'”
Charles Rowlen and his wife told KOMO News they were two decks above at the time of the incident.
Mother-of-three Kristy Manzanares was killed aboard the Emerald Princess ship in Alaska by her husband Kenneth, after a domestic dispute says the FBI
“It was an evening for us … definitely heard a woman screaming,” he said. “A little girl from that room came running out calling for help … that her parents had been in a fight.
“She sounded pretty desperate.”
Officials Thursday afternoon would not confirm whether someone was present in the room at the time of the fatal dispute. The couple was reportedly traveling with a group, their children with them.
The Emerald Princess cruise ship is docked in Juneau, Alaska, Wednesday after the Manzanares murder on board, Tuesday
The ship had embarked on a seven-day round trip from Seattle on Sunday but was diverted to Alaska’s capital city nearly five hours ahead of schedule Wednesday after the tragedy unfolded. It was originally scheduled to carry it’s 3,400 passengers and 1,100 crew on a scenic tour around the Tracy Arm fjord near Juneau, but the event was canceled.
Those aboard said the ship was placed on lockdown as investigators interviewed people across several decks aboard the Princess Cruise ship. Some were reportedly held in their rooms while others were able to walk about the cruiser, but not leave.
Passengers were eventually allowed to disembark around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and no further changes to the cruise’s schedule are expected, ABC Newsreported.
The FBI has jurisdiction in the case because it happened on the water. Princess Cruises’ Negin Kamali told KTUU authorities were working together to figure out the circumstances leading to Kristy’s death.