Man charged with strangling wife, tossing her off cruise ship

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by Associated Press

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Posted on June 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 18 at 6:41 PM

SANTA ANA, Calif.—A California grand jury has indicted a Florida man on charges he strangled his ex-wife and tossed her off a cruise ship in Italy.

The Orange County Register says 55-year-old Lonnie Kocontes, of Safety Harbor, Fla., didn’t enter a plea at his arraignment Monday. He was indicted Friday on a charge of murder for financial gain.
He’ll try to have the case dismissed at a June 26 hearing, arguing that local authorities lack jurisdiction to prosecute.
Kocontes and 52-year-old Micki Kanesaki were divorced but had lived together on and off in Mission Viejo. They were sharing a cabin on a 2006 cruise when she went overboard. Her body later washed ashore.
An investigation began after Lonnie Kocontes began taking money from her accounts. He was arrested earlier this year.

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