Man says he killed wife on Alaska cruise ship because she laughed at him

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-29 17:57:36|Editor: An
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SAN FRANCISCO, July 29 (Xinhua) -- A man killed his wife on an Alaska-bound cruise ship because "she would not stop laughing" at him, reports said Friday.

Kenneth Manzanares, 39, was charged with murdering his wife after he was found with blood on his hands and clothes, and with blood spread throughout the cabin on a Princess Cruises ship Tuesday night, according to a criminal complaint by the FBI.

Kristy Manzanares, 39, had a severe head wound, but authorities have declined to release other details.

The couple planned to celebrate their wedding anniversary on the 3,080-passenger Emerald Cruise that left Sunday from Seattle to Alaska for a seven-day trip.

Kristy was found dead Tuesday night when the cruise ship was travelling between Ketchikan, Alaska, and Juneau, capital of Alaska.

Passengers went into the couple's cabin before medical workers and security officers had arrived and saw the women on the floor covered in blood, according to court documents.

Someone asked Manzanares what happened and he said: "She would not stop laughing at me," according to the FBI complaint.

A ship security officer handcuffed Manzanares and while the FBI searched him, he said: "My life is over," said the complaint.

Manzanares made his first court appearance Thursday by teleconference from Juneau, where he is in custody, said an AP report.

He appeared to be crying at times before the hearing, the report said.

Bail has not been set and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 10.

Manzanares has no criminal history, according to online Utah court records.

Kristy, who was a real state agent in St. George, Utah, was "a dedicated and loving mother who juggled her business schedule to make her children the top priority," according to a statement from her company.

A statement from Kristy's family said she was "a devoted mother, daughter, sister and friend" and they are "devastated" by their loss.