The Utah man who allegedly murdered his wife while celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary on an Alaskan cruise last month has been indicted for her brutal killing.
Federal officials announced on Thursday that 29-year-old Kenneth Manzanares is charged with first-degree murder for killing his wife Kristy. According to PEOPLE, prosecutors said Kenneth allegedly “willfully, deliberately, maliciously, and with premeditation and malice aforethought” killed his wife.
Kristy, 39, was allegedly killed in her cabin, where she suffered major head trauma.
The Manzanares’ three teen daughters and other family members joined them on their trip aboard the Emerald Princess.
“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,” passenger Chris Ceman told Inside Edition.
According to the Associated Press, the Kenneth tried to drag Kristy to the balcony but was stopped. The husband allegedly told a witness, that "she would not stop laughing at me. My life is over." Kenneth then reportedly tried to jump overboard. He was restrained by crew members.
A source told PEOPLE that Kenneth had been acting “terrible all night” during the events leading up to the murder. That source claimed that Kristy asked for a divorce, causing Kenneth to “snap.”
“Because they were doing a murder mystery theater about a death on a cruise ship most people thought it was just part of the dramatic effect of what they were doing,” Passenger Vic Simpson told Inside Edition.
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