The sentencing for a man who killed a Newport Beach couple out at sea and another man in the Mexican desert was pushed back to next month so the family of his victims could be there, prosecutors said Friday.
Skylar Deleon, the headline-grabbing father of two from Long Beach whose bizarre behavior leading up to his trial and odd interviews since his conviction has kept the public fascinated, faces a possible death sentence April 10. He’ll appear before Orange County Superior Court Judge Frank Fasel in his ninth floor courtroom in Santa Ana’s Central Justice Center, where late last year a jury recommended the ultimate punishment for Deleon after they convicted him of orchestrating an elaborate plot to rob, then kill Tom and Jackie Hawks aboard their boat, Well Deserved, in November 2004.
Deleon was also convicted of slashing Jon Jarvi’s throat in the Mexican desert just days after Christmas in 2003 and stealing $50,000. Deleon is accused of trying to hire a convict to kill the only witness with him that day, his cousin Michael Lewis. Lewis testified he left the area before Deleon killed Jarvi.