Man charged with tossing wife off cruise ship

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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 (http://bit.ly/1bP1wIl) 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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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

Associated Press

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