Utah man to plead guilty in wife’s death on Alaska cruise

The Emerald Princess is moored Wednesday, July 27, 2017, at the S. Franklin Street Dock in Juneau. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)
The Emerald Princess is moored Wednesday, July 27, 2017, at the S. Franklin Street Dock in Juneau. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)

A Utah man has agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his wife during a 2017 cruise to Alaska.

The plea agreement signed by Kenneth Manzanares states he and his wife, Kristy Manzanares, had been arguing about his behavior when she told him she wanted a divorce.

The document states that Manzanares acknowledged hitting his wife, seeing blood, striking her again and having no memory after that.

Manzanares previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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