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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.
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NEWS
January 23, 2009
Attorneys will begin opening statements Monday afternoon in the trial of a Long Beach man accused of helping others kill a Newport Beach couple at sea in 2004. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43, a suspected Long Beach gang member, is accused of helping Skylar Deleon and another man kill Newport Beach couple Tom and Jackie Hawks by securing them to the anchor of their boat, Well Deserved, and throwing them overboard in November 2004. Kennedy is charged with two murders with enhancements for doing it for financial gain.
NEWS
By: | September 3, 2005
A Long Beach man who will stand trial with his wife and another man accused of the murder of a Newport Beach couple pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he murdered an Anaheim man. Skylar Deleon, 26, his wife Jennifer Henderson-Deleon, 24, and Deleon's cousin Michael Lewis Jr., 24, of Arizona are charged with the murder of 45-year-old John Jarvi. The Deleons are already in custody and awaiting trial. They're charged with the murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks, a retired Newport Beach couple who police believe were handcuffed to the anchor of their yacht and thrown overboard in November.
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
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 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 By Lauren Vane | November 16, 2005
Police suspect that missing couple were killed at sea. No trial date has been set yet. Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series marking a year since the disappearance of a Newport Beach couple. When Tom and Jackie Hawks went missing, friends and family thought that the retired Newport Beach couple were cruising somewhere on their boat, Well Deserved. But when they learned that the boat was still moored in Newport Harbor, those close to the Hawkses began to worry.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | December 29, 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.
NEWS
January 20, 2005
Marisa O'Neil A man who bought a yacht from a local couple shortly before they disappeared in November will have to stand trial on unrelated grand theft charges, a judge ordered Wednesday. Newport Beach Police Det. Richard Bradley testified at the preliminary hearing that he investigated 25-year-old Long Beach resident Skylar DeLeon for about $7,000 of unpaid work done in 2003 on another boat he owned, according to prosecutors. DeLeon, who told police he bought a 55-foot cabin cruiser for $400,000 cash from Newport Beach couple Tom and Jackie Hawks just before they went missing, has not been charged in connection with their disappearance.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 28, 2008
It’s as if Skylar Deleon’s childhood were separated into two very different worlds. In one world, when he lived with his father, John Jacobson Sr., relatives testified Deleon was constantly beaten without provocation and was told he was worthless. Held up to an impossible standard, Deleon consistently fell short in the most trivial of ways, such as not properly tucking in his shirt, and he would pay dearly for it. In the other world, away from Jacobson, who was in prison for a few years, family testified that Deleon was loved.
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