Court: Husband said he killed Utah wife because 'she would not stop laughing at me'


    (KUTV) A Utah man has been federally charged for murdering his wife while on a cruise ship in Alaska, according to court records released on Thursday.

    According to the documents filed in U.S. District Court of Alaska, Kenneth Manzanares told witnesses he killed her because his wife “would not stop laughing at (him).”

    At 9:03 PM on July 25th security and medical staff responded to a cabin registered to the Manzanares couple. Kristy Manzanares, 39, was found dead in the cabin at 9:20 p.m., according to court records. She had a severe head wound and blood was all over the room, medical staff reported.

    When a security officer came into the room he noticed blood on the hands and clothing of Kenneth Manzanares, the victim's husband.

    The court records say a witness saw Manzanares grab Kristy Manzanares’ body and drag her toward the balcony of the cabin where the couple was staying. The witness took hold of Kristy Manzanares' body by the ankles to prevent her from being thrown overboard. Shortly after, security officers arrived and took Kenneth Manzanares into custody.

    Later, as the FBI searched the husband for any physical evidence he spontaneously said, “my life is over.”

    At the time of the murder the cruise ship was about seven miles away from the coast of Forrester Island, placing it inside U.S. Federal jurisdiction.


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