Kenneth Manzanares, 39, has been indicted in the murder in of his 39-year-old realtor wife Kristy Manzanares
Kenneth from St George, Utah allegedly murdered his wife aboard an Alaska bound murder mystery cruise ship because she ‘wouldn’t stop laughing at him’
After a savage beat down in their cabin, Kristy was pronounced dead 20 minutes after being found with a severe head wound in July
Security rushed to the cabin after one of the couple’s three daughters children ran out asking for help
When they arrived, Kenneth is said to have told them: ‘She wouldn’t stop laughing at me,’ in front of the kids
Kenneth allegedly was stopped by a bystander when he tried to throw his wife’s body overboard
He then attempted, unsuccessfully, to jump off the ship himself once security arrived
The couple were celebrating their wedding anniversary as part of an extended family vacation on the week-long cruise
Kenneth Manzanares, [right], has been indicted in the murder in of his wife Kristy, [left] aboard a cruise ship, after he was stopped from disposing of her body by throwing it overboard
Kenneth Manzanares, the Utah man accused of killing his wife on a cruise to Alaska has been indicted on a murder count.
The 39-year-old suspect was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in the death of mother-of-three Kristy Manzanares. The indictment was made public Thursday.
Kristy was found dead in a blood-splattered cabin last month on Princess Cruises ship that was diverted to Alaska’s capital city for the investigation.
Kristy Manzanares of St George, Utah, was killed aboard a cruise ship off Alaska, allegedly by her husband while celebrating their wedding anniversary
Utah woman killed on an Alaskan cruise during domestic dispute – Sotheby’s realtor Kristy Manzanares, ‘died in a bloody domestic dispute on board an Alaskan cruise ship’ before a man was ‘tackled by security as he tried to jump overboard’
Security found Kristy on with a severely beat up and a head wound that was to prove fatal
Federal authorities have led the investigation because the death occurred in U.S. waters.
Kristy, of St George, Utah was on a family vacation with her husband of 17 years and their three daughters – aged between 13 and 22 – when she was found murdered in her cabin last month.
Authorities say that Kenneth killed Kristy on board the Emerald Princess because she would not stop laughing at him in front of their children.
‘Blood was spread throughout’ the room and was on ‘multiple surfaces’, according to the court documents.
The couple and their three daughters [photo]were on board the ship as part of a family vacation. Security rushed to the family’s cabin after one of their children (pictured, with Kenneth and Kristy) ran out seeking for help.
Security found Kristy on with a severe head wound. She was pronounced dead 20 minutes later
The witness says that Kenneth tried to ‘grab [Kristy’s] body and drag her toward the balcony,’ but the witness intervened – grabbing ‘the ankles of [Kristy’s] body’ to pull her back into the cabin.
When asked by the witness what happened to his wife, Kenneth responded: ‘She would not stop laughing at me.’
Security found her in their room at 9pm with a severe head wound. She was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.
According to cruise ship staff, Manzanares had attempted to throw her body overboard.
The theme of the cruise was a murder mystery and staff said that they believed the grisly scene had been staged as part of it when they first arrived at the couple’s room.
In a previously filed affidavit, FBI Special Agent Michael Watson said witnesses saw Kenneth Manzanares with blood on his hands and clothing.
‘I see this little girl sitting on – I assume – her grandma or somebody, sitting on her lap wrapped in a blanket. And she’s just sobbing, Brian Eckstorm told KTUU.
‘A man came walking out from the hallway where it happened and he had, like, a white tank top on, and some jeans.
‘His jeans were completely covered in blood and he came out saying, ‘It’s not good, it’s not good,’ he added.
Interior designer and Sotheby’s realtor Kristy Manzanares, is seen showing off a home in a video posted on Facebook
Friends said that the couple were celebrating an anniversary on the ship
The cruise,Emerald Princess [photo], ship was diverted to Juneau so that federal investigators could board
Some passengers told Fox 13 that they heard two men and a woman fighting on their balcony, and then a woman screaming for her life.
‘People were running through the hall with blood all over them and trying to get security,’ passenger Megan Morr said.
Morr said that even the captain came on over the intercom, ordering crew to respond to the incident.
‘He was very worked up, he said, “Everyone, we need all medical, security, all personnel to deck 9 and deck 14.” And that scared me because I’m on deck 14,’ Morr said.
Manzanares was charged after being taken in to the custody of Alaskan authorities on Wednesday morning when the ship docked in Alaska.
The ship ended up docking in Juneau, Alaska so that FBI investigators could board. .
Criminal Complaint against Kenneth Manzanares: