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By Michael Miller | November 8, 2006
The wife of one of the men accused of killing a Newport Beach couple and stealing their yacht was either a knowing accomplice or an intimidated tool of her husband, attorneys said in opening arguments in her trial Monday. Jennifer Henderson Deleon, 24, is the first defendant to go to trial for the slaying of Tom and Jackie Hawks, who disappeared and were presumed dead after giving Deleon's husband a tour of their boat in November 2004. She is charged with two counts of murder as well as murder for financial gain and, if convicted, could face life in prison without parole.
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By Michael Miller | November 7, 2006
The wife of one of the men accused of killing a Newport Beach couple and stealing their yacht was either a knowing accomplice or an intimidated tool of her husband, attorneys said in opening arguments in her trial Monday. Jennifer Henderson Deleon, 24, is the first defendant to go to trial for the slaying of Tom and Jackie Hawks, who disappeared and were presumed dead after giving Deleon's husband a tour of their boat in November 2004. She is charged with two counts of murder as well as murder for financial gain and, if convicted, could face life in prison without parole.
LOCAL
October 28, 2006
The trial of Jennifer Deleon of Long Beach is scheduled to begin next week. She is alleged to have participated in killing Newport Beach couple Thomas and Jackie Hawks in 2004. A Superior Court judge granted a motion Friday to separate her case from two other defendants, including her husband, Skylar Deleon, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Jennifer Deleon, 34, is accused of participating in a murder-for-profit plan that prosecutors say ended in the deaths of the Hawkses, a retired couple who lived aboard their yacht Well Deserved, according to the district attorney.
NEWS
April 12, 2005
Marisa O'Neil The wife of a man charged with murdering a retired couple appeared in court Monday, also facing murder charges that could carry the death penalty. Jennifer Henderson DeLeon, 23, of Long Beach, is charged along with her husband and three others with the murder of Tom Hawks, 57, and Jackie Hawks, 47. The Hawkses were reported missing in November, after meeting with prospective buyers for their 55-foot cabin cruiser Well Deserved. Police now say that while at sea on a test drive with one or more of the suspects, Tom and Jackie Hawks were overpowered, handcuffed, weighted down and thrown overboard while still alive.
LOCAL
By Alicia Robinson | November 14, 2006
A Newport Beach police detective testified Monday that a woman accused in the 2004 killing of a Newport Beach couple told investigators they'd find nothing incriminating in her house, but their search turned up a computer, video camera and other items belonging to the couple. Prosecutors continued to build their case against Jennifer Henderson-Deleon, one of four people charged in the murder of Tom and Jackie Hawks. The others — Skylar Deleon, Jennifer's husband; John Fitzgerald Kennedy; and Alonso Machain — will be tried next year.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 28, 2009
Defense attorneys for a Long Beach man accused of killing a Newport Beach couple will have their hands full today, as two witnesses are expected to put the defendant at the scene of the crime. First up is Alonso Machain, who has admitted in previous trials on the witness stand to helping kill Tom and Jackie Hawks from Newport Beach out at sea in 2004. He’s expected to finger the defendant, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43, as one of his accomplices. Prosecutors are accusing Kennedy of serving as the “muscle” for Machain and Skylar Deleon and helping kill the couple as part of an elaborate plot to steal their boat and empty their bank accounts before fleeing to Mexico.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 16, 2008
Assuming a guilty verdict is inevitable, the defense attorney for a Long Beach man accused of killing three people, including a Newport Beach couple, said Thursday when jurors consider the death penalty, they have to ask themselves why these killings happened. Defense Attorney Gary Pohlson acknowledged that his client’s guilt by now was a shock to no one. In his opening statements last week, he said his client, Skylar Deleon, 29, is guilty of killing three people. But that fact alone doesn’t warrant the death sentence, Pohlson told jurors.
NEWS
January 12, 2005
Marisa O'Neil The investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a local couple is making progress, but detectives are no closer to finding the pair, police said Monday. Family and friends have not heard from Tom and Jackie Hawks, 57 and 47, respectively, for nearly two months, since they sold the Well Deserved, a 55-foot yacht they had lived on in Newport Harbor. Their disappearance now "absolutely" looks like foul play was involved, Newport Beach Sgt. Steve Shulman said Monday.
NEWS
December 21, 2004
Marisa O'Neil The man who police say bought a yacht from a couple who have been missing for more than a month pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he used illegally obtained money to buy the boat. Skylar DeLeon, 25, purchased the Well Deserved, a 55-foot cabin cruiser, from Tom and Jackie Hawks on or about Nov. 15. Despite national media coverage of the retired couple's disappearance, they have not turned up, nor have they contacted family members -- uncharacteristic behavior for the couple, who had lived on the boat in Newport Harbor until their disappearance.
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By Joseph Serna | February 19, 2009
John Fitzgerald Kennedy is guilty of killing Newport Beach retirees Tom and Jackie Hawks for money, a jury determined Thursday. He was the third person to be convicted of the slayings. Kennedy, 43, was found guilty of two counts of murder with the enhancements, leaving only two potential sentences: life without parole or death. Prosecutors will begin opening statements Monday before the same jury, now in the penalty phase of the trial, where they will argue that Kennedy’s role as “muscle” in the scheme to kill the Hawkses deserves the ultimate punishment.
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NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 28, 2009
Defense attorneys for a Long Beach man accused of killing a Newport Beach couple will have their hands full today, as two witnesses are expected to put the defendant at the scene of the crime. First up is Alonso Machain, who has admitted in previous trials on the witness stand to helping kill Tom and Jackie Hawks from Newport Beach out at sea in 2004. He’s expected to finger the defendant, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43, as one of his accomplices. Prosecutors are accusing Kennedy of serving as the “muscle” for Machain and Skylar Deleon and helping kill the couple as part of an elaborate plot to steal their boat and empty their bank accounts before fleeing to Mexico.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 17, 2008
Assuming a guilty verdict is inevitable, the defense attorney for a Long Beach man accused of killing three people, including a Newport Beach couple, said Thursday when jurors consider the death penalty, they have to ask themselves why these killings happened. Defense Attorney Gary Pohlson acknowledged that his client’s guilt by now was a shock to no one. In his opening statements last week, he said his client, Skylar Deleon, 29, is guilty of killing three people. But that fact alone doesn’t warrant the death sentence, Pohlson told jurors.
LOCAL
By Brianna Bailey | October 6, 2007
The son of slain Newport Beach yacht owner Tom Hawks stood at the podium in Judge Frank Fasel’s courtroom Thursday afternoon and told the family of convicted murderer Jennifer Henderson Deleon that they should give up her children for adoption. Henderson Deleon, a mother of two, was sentenced Thursday to two consecutive terms of life without parole for the murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks. “I wish for the defendant’s family to give her children up for adoption so they may grow up not knowing who their parents were or what they did or how they were used as decoys for financial gain,” Hawks said.
LOCAL
By Alicia Robinson | November 14, 2006
A Newport Beach police detective testified Monday that a woman accused in the 2004 killing of a Newport Beach couple told investigators they'd find nothing incriminating in her house, but their search turned up a computer, video camera and other items belonging to the couple. Prosecutors continued to build their case against Jennifer Henderson-Deleon, one of four people charged in the murder of Tom and Jackie Hawks. The others — Skylar Deleon, Jennifer's husband; John Fitzgerald Kennedy; and Alonso Machain — will be tried next year.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller | November 8, 2006
The wife of one of the men accused of killing a Newport Beach couple and stealing their yacht was either a knowing accomplice or an intimidated tool of her husband, attorneys said in opening arguments in her trial Monday. Jennifer Henderson Deleon, 24, is the first defendant to go to trial for the slaying of Tom and Jackie Hawks, who disappeared and were presumed dead after giving Deleon's husband a tour of their boat in November 2004. She is charged with two counts of murder as well as murder for financial gain and, if convicted, could face life in prison without parole.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller | November 7, 2006
The wife of one of the men accused of killing a Newport Beach couple and stealing their yacht was either a knowing accomplice or an intimidated tool of her husband, attorneys said in opening arguments in her trial Monday. Jennifer Henderson Deleon, 24, is the first defendant to go to trial for the slaying of Tom and Jackie Hawks, who disappeared and were presumed dead after giving Deleon's husband a tour of their boat in November 2004. She is charged with two counts of murder as well as murder for financial gain and, if convicted, could face life in prison without parole.
LOCAL
October 28, 2006
The trial of Jennifer Deleon of Long Beach is scheduled to begin next week. She is alleged to have participated in killing Newport Beach couple Thomas and Jackie Hawks in 2004. A Superior Court judge granted a motion Friday to separate her case from two other defendants, including her husband, Skylar Deleon, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Jennifer Deleon, 34, is accused of participating in a murder-for-profit plan that prosecutors say ended in the deaths of the Hawkses, a retired couple who lived aboard their yacht Well Deserved, according to the district attorney.
NEWS
April 12, 2005
Marisa O'Neil The wife of a man charged with murdering a retired couple appeared in court Monday, also facing murder charges that could carry the death penalty. Jennifer Henderson DeLeon, 23, of Long Beach, is charged along with her husband and three others with the murder of Tom Hawks, 57, and Jackie Hawks, 47. The Hawkses were reported missing in November, after meeting with prospective buyers for their 55-foot cabin cruiser Well Deserved. Police now say that while at sea on a test drive with one or more of the suspects, Tom and Jackie Hawks were overpowered, handcuffed, weighted down and thrown overboard while still alive.
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