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By Lauren Vane | August 1, 2006
FOR THE RECORD In Saturday's paper, it was incorrectly reported in "Deleon charged with plot to murder father," that Michael Lewis, cousin of Skylar Deleon, who is charged with killing Tom and Jackie Hawks, was still in custody. Lewis is no longer in custody, according to the district attorney's office. Lewis is charged with accessory-after-the-fact in the slaying of Anaheim resident John Jarvi. After serving half of a maximum sentence, Lewis posted bail. The alleged mastermind of the murder of a retired Newport Beach couple has been charged with soliciting the murder of his father and a witness, the Orange County District Attorney's office said Friday.
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NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 14, 2008
A Long Beach man and his wife owed family and credit card companies about $50,000 combined in October 2004, a month before prosecutors say he followed through on a plot to rob and kill a Newport Beach couple, police testified during the man’s trial Tuesday. Skylar Deleon, 29, and his then-wife, Jennifer Henderson-Deleon, ran up more than $25,000 in credit card debt in less than a year and owed her dad about $24,000, Newport Beach Sgt. Evan Sailor testified. Skylar Deleon is accused of killing Newport Beach couple Tom and Jackie Hawks in November 2004 after forcing the couple to sign legal documents giving Deleon control over their property and finances.
LOCAL
By Lauren Vane | September 7, 2006
The district attorney will seek the death penalty for two Long Beach men charged with killing a retired Newport Beach couple, officials announced Wednesday. Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said Skylar Deleon, 27, was the "brain" and John F. Kennedy, 41, the "brawn" behind the November 2004 disappearance of Tom and Jackie Hawks. The couple was tied together and thrown overboard their yacht, Well Deserved, investigators have said. "This couple literally watched their dreams float away as they were drowning to death," Rackauckas said.
NEWS
By: | August 16, 2005
Testimony will continue today in a hearing in Orange County Superior Court to decide whether two men and one woman will stand trial in the alleged killing of a Newport Beach couple. Skylar DeLeon, 26, his wife Jennifer Henderson-DeLeon, 24, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 40, all of Long Beach, are expected to appear in court on charges of murdering Tom and Jackie Hawks, who went missing in November after allegedly selling their yacht. Two other men charged with the murders, Myron Gardner, 42, of Long Beach, and Alonso Machain, 21, of Pico Rivera, will be tried separately, a judge ruled Friday.
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.
LOCAL
By Brianna Bailey | September 17, 2007
An attorney for one of two men facing the death penalty in the slaying of a Newport Beach couple on their yacht said he plans to ask for the trial date to be pushed back today in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana. Skylar Deleon and John F. Kennedy are accused of forcing Tom and Jackie Hawks to sign transfer of title documents for their yacht before lashing the couple to the anchor of the vessel and dropping them in the ocean somewhere between...
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
September 22, 2008
Jury selection began Monday in the triple-murder trial for Skylar Deleon, the man accused of killing a Newport Beach couple in 2004 and an Anaheim man in 2003. Deleon, 29, could be sentenced to death if convicted on all the charges. According to prosecutors, Deleon was the mastermind behind a plot to kill Thomas and Jackie Hawks and steal their boat, the “Well Deserved” in November 2004. Police say the couple were tied to the boat’s anchor alive and thrown overboard after being forced to sign documents giving ownership of it to their killers.
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