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Kenneth Manzanares Death Penalty Ruled Out in Cruise Ship Death

Kenneth Manzanares Death Penalty Ruled Out in Cruise Ship Death

This July 26, 2017, file photo shows the Emerald Princess cruise ship docked in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

By    |   Wednesday, 22 November 2017 10:15 AM

Kenneth Manzanares will not get the death penalty if convicted for the murder in the death of his wife after federal prosecutors announced the decision to not pursue the death penalty against him, Inside Edition reported.

The Utah man is accused of killing Kristy Manzanares during an Alaska cruise. He has pleaded not guilty.

According to court documents, personnel of the Emerald Princess went into a cabin occupied by Kenneth Manzanares and his wife Kristy and found her dead, covered in blood from a head wound.

Witnesses claimed to have seen blood on Kenneth Manzanares' hands and clothing, FBI Special Agent Michael Watson said in a July affidavit, according to CBS News.

Another witness said the suspect said his wife would "not stop laughing at me."

Passengers aboard the ship told Fox News that they heard people fighting shortly before the incident.

Megan Morr, a passenger on the Emerald Princess, described the scene after Kristy Manzanares' body was found.

"People were running through the hall with blood all over them and trying to get security," Morr said, according to Fox News. "They were on deck 7 and he tried to run up to deck 9 to jump off the ship, but security grabbed him before he could jump."

The cruise ship had left Seattle two days before the incident took place.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Alaska does not have capital punishment. The ship was in U.S. waters when the death occurred.

A jury trial is set to take place before Judge Timothy M. Burgess in April.

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