Man Indicted for Murder in Death of Wife on Princess Cruises Ship

August 19, 2017 Last Updated: August 19, 2017

A Utah man who is accused of killing his wife on a cruise ship in Alaska was charged with murder on Wednesday, Aug. 16, it was reported.

A federal grand jury indicted Kenneth Manzanares in the death of his wife, Kristy, and the indictment was made public Thursday, CBS News reported.

Kristy Manzanares was discovered dead in a cabin last month on a Princess Cruises ship going from Seattle to Alaska. Federal officials said that the death took place in U.S. waters.

Kristy and Kenneth Manzanares. (Facebook)
Kristy and Kenneth Manzanares. (Facebook)

According to court documents, Kenneth told others—after they found his wife’s body—that she “would not stop laughing at me.”

The 39-year-old from Utah could face life in prison or the death penalty if he’s found guilty in his wife’s slaying.

“KM (Kristy Manzanares) had a severe head wound and blood was spread throughout the room on multiple surfaces,” FBI Special Agent Michael Watson wrote in an affidavit, FOX13 in Salt Lake City reported.

The Emerald Princess (Petritap/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)
The Emerald Princess (Petritap/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)

Witnesses told officials that they went into the cabin and saw blood on his hands and clothes, and they then saw her body on the floor. The witnesses said that he then grabbed her body and tried to carry it to the balcony.

“D.H. then grabbed the ankles of K.M.’s body and pulled her back into the cabin of D726. Soon after, Emerald Princess security entered D726 and restrained and secured Manzanares,” the agent wrote in an affidavit. “Later, when Manzanares was being processed during a search by the FBI for physical evidence, he spontaneously stated, ‘my life is over.'”

Cruise passengers told the FBI that they heard fighting before her death.

Passenger Chris Ceman told CBS “One of the little girls from that room came running out, calling for help, that her parents had been in a fight. She sounded pretty desperate, but the crew came up as quickly as they could.”

Some passengers said that a “murder mystery” theme-dinner was taking place when the death occurred, leading some to believe that it was a hoax.

An arraignment date was not set for Manzanares.

 In a statement, Princess Cruises said, “A domestic dispute occurred onboard Emerald Princess at approximately 9:00 p.m. on July 25, resulting in the death of a 39-year-old female guest from Utah.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all those impacted by this tragic event,” Princess Cruises added.

The cruise operator later said the rest of the trip was canceled.

“Guests who had shore excursions booked for Tracy Arm fjord will have their shipboard folio credited automatically, and prepaid shore excursions will be refunded. Additionally, in light of the impact on guests’ cruise vacations, Princess Cruises has issued each guest a $150 onboard credit,” the cruise line said in a statement, ABC News reported.