Court Refuses to Throw Out Indictment in Cruise Ship Murder Case

Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregg Prickett denied the defense’s motion to dismiss the indictment against Lonnie Kocontes, 55 and continued his arraignment to September 30, 2013 for the defense attorneys to file any motions. Kocontes, an attorney licensed in California is accused of killing his ex-wife, Micki Kanesaki, 52, of Mission Viejo, during a cruise in the Mediterranean.
Kocontes and Kanesaki still travelled together even though they were divorced. Authorities allege, Kocontes strangled his ex and threw her overboard during the May 2006 cruise somewhere off the coast of Paola, Italy for financial gain. According to Kocontes, he said his wife got up in the middle of the night to get some tea and he never saw her again.
It was not until 2008 that authorities looked at Kocontes when he started transferring $1 million around several bank accounts he held with his current wife. Kocontes was the beneficiary of several of Kanesak’s bank accounts and home, which was later sold.
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