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NEWS
October 25, 2008
It’s one of the most heartless and brutal murders in recent memory. And this much is clear: Whatever punishment jurors decide for Skylar Deleon, the 29-year-old con artist and killer brought it on himself.Word has it that during the penalty phase of the trial this week defense attorneys will point out that Deleon was abused as a child. If indeed they play that card, we’re not buying it. First of all, who knows if it’s true? And secondly, even if it is true it doesn’t excuse or explain in any way what Deleon did. There are plenty of abused children who manage to lead decent lives rather than going on killing sprees.
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NEWS
By: | August 25, 2005
Arraignment today for 3rd murder charge A Long Beach man, who will stand trial with his wife and another man on charges that they murdered a Newport Beach couple, is scheduled to be arraigned today on a third murder charge. Skylar Deleon, 26, is accused of the murder of John Jarvi, 45, of Anaheim. Jarvi was found in December 2003 near a highway in Mexico; his throat was slashed. Deleon's wife, Jennifer Henderson-Deleon, 24, and his cousin, Michael Lewis Jr., 24, of Arizona are also charged in connection with Jarvi's murder.
NEWS
By: | August 26, 2005
Murder suspect's arraignment delayed A Long Beach man's arraignment on a murder charge has been postponed until Sept. 2. Skylar Deleon, 26, who will stand trial with his wife and another man on charges that they murdered a Newport Beach couple, will be arraigned Sept. 2 on a charge of killing an Anaheim man. John Jarvi, 45, was found in December 2003 near a highway in Mexico. His throat was slashed. Deleon's wife, Jennifer Henderson-Deleon, 24, and his cousin, Michael Lewis Jr., 24, of Arizona are also charged in connection with Jarvi's murder.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | November 4, 2008
When considering whether to recommend a man be put to death, which is more important: how a killer took his victims’ lives, or what in that person’s childhood made him a killer? In its simplest form, that is what jurors in the capital murder case of Skylar Deleon, 29, are being asked. Should Deleon be sentenced to death for suckering a blind-folded man into the desert in 2003 and slashing his throat after stealing his $50,000 and nearly a year later sending a Newport couple to the bottom of the Pacific, attached to an anchor alive, to steal their boat?
LOCAL
By Amanda Pennington | November 17, 2006
SANTA ANA — In her first correspondence to her husband after their preliminary hearing in the slaying of Tom and Jackie Hawks, Jennifer Henderson-Deleon wrote a love letter to her imprisoned husband, which was read Thursday in the prosecution's final argument in her trial. After listening to two weeks of emotional testimony, jurors will deliberate today to decide if Henderson-Deleon had a role in the 2004 killing of Tom and Jackie Hawks. Authorities have never found the bodies, but Alonso Machain, one of the four charged in the couple's slaying, testified last week that the Hawkses were tied to an anchor on their boat and thrown overboard alive.
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.
LOCAL
By Amanda Pennington | November 18, 2006
SANTA ANA — Jennifer Henderson-Deleon, who was mostly stoic throughout her trial, cried Friday afternoon when jurors found her guilty in the 2004 killing of Tom and Jackie Hawks. The jury took about 3 1/2 hours to find Henderson-Deleon, 25, guilty on two counts of first- degree murder with special circumstances that the double murder was committed for financial gain. The maximum sentence Henderson-Deleon can receive is life in prison without possibility of parole. Her sentencing is scheduled for February.
NEWS
April 9, 2005
Marisa O'Neil Detectives on Friday arrested the wife of a suspect in the murder of a Newport Beach couple police now say were likely overpowered, handcuffed and thrown overboard their yacht while still alive. Newport Beach Police Department detectives took Jennifer Henderson-DeLeon, 23, into custody Friday afternoon when she went to visit her husband, 25-year-old Skylar DeLeon, at the Orange County Jail. Skylar DeLeon and three other men are already jailed on suspicion of murdering retired couple Tom and Jackie Hawks for financial gain.
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.
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.
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