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Cruise ship homicide defendant waives right to a speedy trial

first_imgCrime & Courts | Juneau | SoutheastCruise ship homicide defendant waives right to a speedy trialSeptember 18, 2017 by Tripp J Crouse, KTOO Share:The defendant in a federal case of a Utah man charged with killing his wife aboard a cruise ship has waived his right to speedy trial in court Monday. This pushes a potential trial in U.S. District Court back months.The United States District Court is located on the ninth floor of the federal building in Juneau. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)Kenneth Ray Manzanares is charged with first-degree murder of his wife, Kristy Manzanares, during a Southeast Alaska cruise. He pleaded not guilty in August.Manzanares’ public defender Jamie McGrady proposed the motion to declare the case complex, citing the potential for a death penalty, the geographic challenges with witnesses and the anticipation of several hundred interviews. The motion was unopposed.Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt said his office would need a minimum of 90 days before determining a trial length. Both attorneys estimated it would take several weeks.Schmidt also said his office would seek a 45-day extension with the Department of Justice on whether to pursue the death penalty.U.S. District Chief Judge Timothy Burgess set a new pre-trial hearing for April 23.Alaska does not have the death penalty, but because the death occurred in territorial waters and is being tried in federal court, capital punishment is a possibility.It’s also the first day of jury selection in Jim Wayne Thornhill’s child pornography case in the U.S. District Court.Share this story:last_img read more

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