Emerald Princess Murder Trial Postponed. Again.
Remember the guy who allegedly killed his wife onboard the Emerald Princess in Alaska at the end of the summer last year? Well his attorney has convinced a judge to postpone his trial. AGAIN. Kenneth Mazanares' trial has now been moved from November 5, 2018 to May 19, 2019. Interesting right? Manzanares' lawyer has said that the discovery of evidence in this case is “voluminous and ongoing,” and they need more time to make sure they have everything they need in order to stick up for Manzanares. His attorney is also pushing for an evaluation of Manzanares' current mental status and mental history.
“Mr. Manzanares’ mental state at the time is likely a critical fact for either a resolution or a trial,” attorneys wrote in the motion, “and the defense is ethically and legally obligated to conduct its own investigation into their client’s background for possible mental defenses.”
Manzanares was indicted last August where he pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. The death penalty is not legal in Alaska, but the alleged murder occurred in US waters, making it a federal case. This means capital punishment is legal. However, the Alaska US attorney's office filed a motion in November already deciding that they will not pursue the death penalty in this case.
This is the second time the trial has been pushed back. In November of 2017, his attorneys argued that there was too much discovery in the case to be fully prepared for the original trial date of April 23, 2018. They said at the time there were 72 audio files, 8 video files, 541 photographs and nearly 2,000 pages of notes provided at that point.
The murder took place at around 9 PM off the coast of Alaska. Witnesses said that they heard screaming, and reported seeing the man with blood on his hands, along with Kristy lying on the floor covered in blood. When one witness asked Kenneth what happened, Kenneth said, “She would not stop laughing at me.” Witnesses also told investigators that Kenneth then proceeded to drag her bloody body towards the balcony. One of the witnesses reported that he ran in, grabbed Kristy by the ankles, and dragged her back inside.
According to an affidavit by FBI Special Agent Michael Watson, when medical personnel responded to the scene, they found Kristy with severe head trauma, and blood splattered all over the stateroom. She was pronounced dead at 9:20 PM.
Watson also stated in his affidavit, “Later, when Manzanares was being processed during a search by the FBI for physical evidence, he spontaneously stated, ‘My life is over.”
I think we all have a pretty good idea of what the outcome of this trial is going to be. Manzanares' attorney will argue he wasn't mentally stable, and he will be admitted into a mental institution. This is a really sad story to report, and hopefully justice will be served.