Husband in cruise ship death appears in court

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a woman’s death in what authorities called a domestic dispute on a cruise ship off the coast of Alaska (all times local):

3 p.m.

A federal judge has appointed a public defender for a Utah man charged with murder in the death of his wife aboard an Alaska cruise ship.

Kenneth Manzanares of Santa Clara, Utah, appeared to be crying at times before the start of the hearing and near the start, when U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin F. McCoy began speaking.

He dabbed at his eyes and nose with tissues.

Manzanares participated via teleconference in his first court appearance from Juneau. He is being held in connection with the Tuesday death of 39-year-old Kristy Manzanares.

Kenneth Manzanares was wearing an orange jumpsuit during the proceedings. He had his ankles shackled and was wearing slip-on shoes.

McCoy appointed assistant federal defender Jamie McGrady, who was not at the hearing. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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1:45 p.m.

The employer of a Utah woman who was killed in what authorities called a domestic dispute aboard an Alaska cruise ship says she was a dedicated and loving mother who put her children ahead of her career in real estate.

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty says Kristy Manzanares was a trusted adviser and valued sales associate in the St. George, Utah, office.

Her husband, Kenneth Manzanares, has been charged with murder in the death Tuesday aboard the Emerald Princess.

The FBI investigated the death because it occurred in U.S. waters.

Kenneth Manzanares was expected to make his first court appearance later Thursday. He doesn’t have any criminal record in Utah, according to online state records.

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11:20 a.m.

U.S. prosecutors say a Utah man has been charged with murder in the death of his wife aboard an Alaska cruise.

Acting U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder said Thursday that Kenneth Manzanares was charged after his wife, Kristy, was found dead with a severe head wound in their cabin aboard…

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