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    CA - Micki Kanesaki, 52, murdered aboard cruise ship off Italy, 25 May 2006

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    WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) — A California man has been arrested in southwest Florida on an outstanding murder warrant in the death of his ex-wife, who went overboard from an Italian cruise ship seven years ago.

    Lonnie Kocontes was taken into custody Friday night by federal marshals and booked into the Pasco County Jail, authorities said.

    His ex-wife, Micki Kanesaki, plunged into the Mediterranean on May 26, 2006, off the Island Escape, which was sailing between Sicily and Naples, according to the FBI. Her body washed ashore the next day in Calabria in southwest Italy.

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    This is reminiscent of the Natalie Woods case. Very interesting!

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    Former O.C. attorney suspected of murdering ex-wife

    http://www.ocregister.com/news/count...ki-orange.html

    SANTA ANA – Nearly seven years after the body of former Orange County paralegal Micki Kanesaki was found in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the southwest coast of Italy, her former husband was arrested Friday on suspicion of special circumstances murder for financial gain

    Lonnie Loren Kocontes, 55, was arrested by U.S. Marshals along with deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department in his current hometown, Safety Harbor, Fla., according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's Office, which said it filed the murder charges Wednesday..........

    Officials said they suspect that Kocentes strangled Kanesaki and threw her body overboard either late May 25 or early May 26.

    Authorities said the FBI began investigating Kanesaki's death and monitored her assets, including the couple's joint bank accounts and the sales from their home, which were inherited by Kocentes.

    Kocontes is accused of attempting to move more than $1 million into accounts formed with his new wife in 2008, which prompted the United States Attorney's Office (USAO) to seize the funds because of possible illegal activity, officials said.

    Extradition proceedings will occur at an undetermined date, officials said.

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    Judge OKs Calif. Prosecution in Cruise Ship Death

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    Authorities in California can prosecute a man charged with strangling his ex-wife and tossing her from a cruise ship in Italy, a judge ruled.

    Superior Court Judge William Evans ruled Wednesday that California law doesn't limit prosecutors to handling only cases in the state, the Orange County Register reported (http://bit.ly/15jUxFA)...........

    Lonnie Kocontes, 55, of Safety Harbor, Fla., was arrested in February. .........
    He remained jailed and could face life in prison without possibility of parole if convicted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bourne View Post
    This is reminiscent of the Natalie Woods case. Very interesting!
    I don't see any similarities.

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    Charged With Tossing Wife Off Cruise Ship

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reader View Post
    Former O.C. attorney suspected of murdering ex-wife

    http://www.ocregister.com/news/count...ki-orange.html

    SANTA ANA – Nearly seven years after the body of former Orange County paralegal Micki Kanesaki was found in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the southwest coast of Italy, her former husband was arrested Friday on suspicion of special circumstances murder for financial gain

    Lonnie Loren Kocontes, 55, was arrested by U.S. Marshals along with deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department in his current hometown, Safety Harbor, Fla., according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's Office, which said it filed the murder charges Wednesday..........

    Officials said they suspect that Kocentes strangled Kanesaki and threw her body overboard either late May 25 or early May 26.

    Authorities said the FBI began investigating Kanesaki's death and monitored her assets, including the couple's joint bank accounts and the sales from their home, which were inherited by Kocentes.

    Kocontes is accused of attempting to move more than $1 million into accounts formed with his new wife in 2008, which prompted the United States Attorney's Office (USAO) to seize the funds because of possible illegal activity, officials said.

    Extradition proceedings will occur at an undetermined date, officials said.

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    Rather ironic that he chose a place named 'Safety Harbor' to make his home, especially considering that his ex wife was thrown into the sea..
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    Very interesting, lengthy article here about the prosecution case, which is ongoing.

    http://www.ocweekly.com/2014-05-15/n...island-escape/
    We 'embraced' the missing Bob Harrod case as requested but 6 years on, are still waiting for further guidance


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    Quote Originally Posted by zwiebel View Post
    Very interesting, lengthy article here about the prosecution case, which is ongoing.

    http://www.ocweekly.com/2014-05-15/n...island-escape/
    Well that is certainly an intriguing and convoluted story! Thanks for pointing out the article.

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    http://abc7.com/news/mission-viejo-a...-third/723639/

    A former Mission Viejo attorney awaiting trial for allegedly strangling his second ex-wife and tossing her overboard during a Mediterranean cruise allegedly tried to hire two inmates to kill his third ex-wife. His third ex-wife, identified only as Jane Doe, is a witness in his upcoming murder trial...

    Prosecutors accuse Kocontes of soliciting two inmates to try to get Jane Doe to sign a letter that he drafted. The letter allegedly stated that she lied to the Orange County grand jury in 2013...

    "He was offering them a sum of money, a different sum of money for each, but several thousand dollars for the signing of the letter and a lot more than that if they were to make her disappear," Price said.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zwiebel View Post
    Very interesting, lengthy article here about the prosecution case, which is ongoing.

    http://www.ocweekly.com/2014-05-15/n...island-escape/
    After reading that, it seems like there is no real evidence against Kanesaki, and the whole murder plot was fabricated by people with grudges...

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    But now the plot thickens!

    A former California lawyer who was indicted in 2013 for the cruise ship murder of his second wife is now accused of trying to arrange the death of his third wife while in jail, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.
    http://m.nydailynews.com/news/crime/...icle-1.2220196

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    May 2015:

    While in the Orange County jail last year awaiting trial, Kocontes is accused of drafting a letter for his third wife to sign that stated her testimony to the federal grand jury in 2006 was truthful and that her testimony to the Orange County grand jury in 2013 was a lie. Prosecutors said Kocontes then plotted to pay two fellow inmates to make the woman personally sign the letter and then murder her...

    In April 2014, one of the inmates, through his attorney, reported the crime to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

    In additional to the murder charge, Kocontes now faces new charges, including felony solicitation to commit murder and solicitation to bribe a witness, which could bring an additional 11 years in prison, prosecutors said. His murder trial is pending in Orange County Superior Court.
    http://m.ocregister.com/articles/mur...es-orange.html

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    Kocontes was the beneficiary on Kanesaki’s estate and gained more than $1 million from the sale of her home and bank accounts, prosecutors allege.

    In 2008, Kocontes tried to move that money among his bank accounts with his fourth wife, triggering an FBI investigation.

    The probe eventually led to the murder charge against Kocontes. He was arrested in Florida in February 2013.
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...512-story.html

    Wait, a fourth wife? And she is still on his side, presumably? Or is there a fifth wife waiting to come out of the woodwork too?

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    Still no trial...



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