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November 5, 2008
An Orange County jury adjourned after a full day of deliberations at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the capital murder trial of former child actor Skylar Deleon. Deliberations are scheduled to reconvene at 9 a.m. today. The seven-woman, five-man jury must decide whether to recommend death by lethal injection or life in prison without parole for Deleon, who was convicted Oct. 20 for the 2004 slayings of Newport Beach yacht owners Tom and Jackie Hawks and 2003 killing of Anaheim resident John Jarvi.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | April 10, 2009
Pale with tousled hair, his orange jump suit sagging off his skinny frame and his neck craned forward, Skylar Deleon stared forward nearly emotionless but with clenched teeth as the family of his three dead victims told the judge how he had destroyed their hopes of a normal life and how they wished for him to be sentenced to death. Deleon said nothing during his sentencing Friday, and never once looked at the Hawks family, or Jeff Jarvi, all of whom for the last four-plus years have sat through his countless court appearances and trial, waiting for justice.
LOCAL
By Amanda Pennington | November 9, 2006
SANTA ANA — In riveting, emotional testimony that had family and friends of Tom and Jackie Hawks weeping during a court break, one of the men accused of killing the couple took the stand Wednesday to detail how he says the Hawkses were killed. Alonso Machain, with his feet shackled, testified about his part in the slaying of the Newport Beach couple aboard their yacht, Well Deserved. "I can't tell you how many times I mentally prepared for that moment in my head and how strong we were going to be," Ryan Hawks, Tom Hawks' son, said of the testimony in the trial of Jennifer Henderson-Deleon.
NEWS
By: | August 30, 2005
An Orange County Superior Court judge is expected today to set a date and courtroom for the trial of a Long Beach couple and another man accused of murdering a retired Newport Beach couple. Skylar Deleon, 26; his wife Jennifer Henderson-Deleon, 24; and John Kennedy, 40, will be arraigned on charges of murdering Tom and Jackie Hawks, who police say were killed aboard their yacht, the Well Deserved, in November. Skylar and Jennifer Deleon, along with Skylar Deleon's cousin Michael Lewis Jr., have also been charged in the murder of an Anaheim man who was found with his throat slashed in Mexico in December 2003.
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
By: Lauren Vane | August 31, 2005
A Long Beach couple and another man pleaded not guilty Tuesday at their arraignment on charges that they murdered a retired Newport Beach couple. Skylar Deleon, 26, his wife Jennifer Henderson-Deleon, 24, and John Kennedy, 40, are charged with the murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks, who police say were killed aboard their yacht, Well Deserved, in November. Orange County Superior Court Judge Daniel Didier decided Tuesday that the trial will be held in Judge Frank Fasel's courtroom.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 20, 2008
A man accused of killing three people, including a Newport Beach couple in 2004 who were thrown off their yacht to drown, was found guilty Monday afternoon. The verdict against Skylar Deleon came shortly after the case was handed to jurors. Deleon's defense attorney, Gary Pohlson, acknowledged at the beginning of the murder trial that his client was guilty and that he would focus on convincing jurors to spare Deleon from the death penalty. The case will now turn to the penalty phase as jurors decide whether Deleon should spend life in prison or be executed.
NEWS
By: Lauren Vane | August 23, 2005
A Long Beach woman who will stand trial with her husband and another man for the murder of a Newport Beach couple pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she was an accessory to a third murder. Jennifer Henderson-Deleon, 24, her husband Skylar Deleon, 26, and Deleon's cousin Michael Lewis Jr., 24, of Arizona, are charged in the murder of a 45-year-old Anaheim resident, John Jarvi. The Deleons are already in custody awaiting trial for the murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks, a retired couple who police believe were handcuffed to the anchor of their yacht and thrown overboard while alive in November.
NEWS
By: Lauren Vane | August 20, 2005
A Long Beach man and his wife, who will stand trial for the killing of a missing Newport Beach couple, were charged in a third murder case late Thursday. Skylar Deleon, 26, is accused of murdering John Jarvi, a 45-year-old Anaheim man, for financial gain. Jarvi was found with his throat slashed in December 2003 in Mexico. Deleon's wife, Jennifer Henderson-Deleon, 24, and Skylar Deleon's first cousin, Michael William Lewis Jr., 24, have been charged with accessory to the murder.
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By Brianna Bailey | December 30, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the ninth in a series of the top stories of each year since 2000. Look for the 2009 story of the year Thursday. The 55-foot yacht where Thomas and Jackie Hawks met their fate between Newport Beach and Catalina Island is still up for sale at a local yacht brokerage firm. Yacht broker Jerry Wakefield of Dixon Yachts International in Newport Beach has had serious buyers look at the Well Deserved, a fiberglass Lien Hwa trawler with a hand-carved teak interior, but none have been able to put the funds together to finance the boat.
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NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | December 29, 2009
The 55-foot yacht aboard which Thomas and Jackie Hawks met their fate somewhere in the waters between Newport Beach and Catalina island is still up for sale at a local yacht brokerage firm, after sitting on the market for several months. Yacht broker Jerry Wakefield of Dixon Yachts International in Newport Beach has had several serious potential buyers look at the Well Deserved, a fiberglass Lien Hwa trawler with a hand-carved teak interior, but none have been able to put the funds together to finance the boat.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 15, 2009
A key witness for the murder trials of Newport Beach retirees Tom and Jackie Hawks was sentenced to 20 years in prison as part of a plea agreement Monday for his role in their deaths, bringing a quiet conclusion to a case that sent two other killers to death row. Alonso Machain, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter, two counts of robbery and two counts of kidnapping as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors who used his...
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | May 1, 2009
When John Fitzgerald Kennedy sat in the defendant’s seat in Judge Frank Fasel’s ninth-floor courtroom Friday morning, awaiting sentencing for killing a Newport Beach couple years earlier, no one came to his aid. As is customary before many sentencings, the judge afforded both the victim’s and the defendant’s friends and family a chance to weigh in before he determined whether Kennedy should get life in prison without parole,...
NEWS
April 23, 2009
In the Hawks murder trial Skylar Deleon received the death sentence (“Killer sentenced to die,” April 10). This doesn’t mean a thing to me, as there are almost 700 inmates ahead of him on death row. When was the last time California had an execution? And then there are the bleeding-heart judges (state and federal) that will keep finding errors in the trial and thus causing constant delays. And on top of this, assume Jerry Brown will be elected governor in 2010.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | April 10, 2009
Pale with tousled hair, his orange jump suit sagging off his skinny frame and his neck craned forward, Skylar Deleon stared forward nearly emotionless but with clenched teeth as the family of his three dead victims told the judge how he had destroyed their hopes of a normal life and how they wished for him to be sentenced to death. Deleon said nothing during his sentencing Friday, and never once looked at the Hawks family, or Jeff Jarvi, all of whom for the last four-plus years have sat through his countless court appearances and trial, waiting for justice.
NEWS
March 27, 2009
A Long Beach gang member convicted of killing a Newport Beach couple in 2005 out at sea had his sentencing delayed until May 1, thanks to a motion from his attorneys. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43, who a jury recommended receive the death penalty last month, will likely be sentenced weeks after his accomplice, Skylar Deleon, 29, is sentenced for his role in the crime as well. The two men, along with an accused third accomplice, Alonso Machain, deceived Newport Beach retirees Tom and Jackie Hawks in 2005 into letting them on their boat thinking they were going to buy it, only to be subdued and eventually thrown overboard tied to an anchor, alive.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | March 26, 2009
The family of a slain Newport Beach couple are OK that the man who helped put the eventual killers together was freed after a plea agreement struck with prosecutors gave him credit for time served and sent him on his way, they said Thursday. In a plea agreement struck with Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Matt Murphy on March 19, Myron Gardner, 45, a former Long Beach gang member, was released from Orange County Jail after nearly four years behind bars. Originally charged with two counts of murder for profit and accessory after the fact, Gardner pleaded guilty last week to the accessory charge and was sentenced to a year in jail.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | March 20, 2009
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.
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