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By Joseph Serna | February 26, 2009
The fate of a Long Beach gang member who helped kill a Newport Beach couple in 2004 is now in the hands of 12 Orange County jurors. The jury of six men and six women began deliberating at 3 p.m. Thursday whether John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43, should be sentenced to death for helping kill Newport Beach retirees Tom and Jackie Hawks in 2004 or spend life behind bars without the possibility of parole. Kennedy was convicted last week for his part in an elaborate kill-for-profit scheme hatched by Skylar Deleon and his then-wife, Jennifer Henderson.
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By Joseph Serna | February 23, 2009
On Nov. 12, 2004, Jackie Hawks barbecued with her friends and family aboard her and her husband’s boat, Well Deserved, for the last time. The Newport Beach retirees were selling it after two years of a life at sea, looking forward to spending time with their new grandchild in Arizona. Jackie spoke with a sadness of leaving the life behind, saying she’d miss it, but also with an air of excitement that a new chapter in their life was set to begin. That life was cut tragically short three days later when John F. Kennedy, Skylar Deleon — and accused-accomplice Alonso Machain, authorities believe — overpowered the Hawkses on their boat, tied them to an anchor alive, and threw them overboard, never to be seen again.
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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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By Joseph Serna | February 17, 2009
What does a small man, with a small accomplice, do with an elaborate plan to subdue a retired Newport Beach couple and kill them out at sea for their money? According to prosecutors, he looks for help. That’s where Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Matt Murphy told jurors during closing statements Tuesday that the defendant, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43, came into the picture during the slayings of Tom and Jackie Hawks in November 2004. When Skylar Deleon and Alonso Machain realized they couldn’t kill Tom Hawks alone, they turned to Myron Gardner, a co-worker from Long Beach, Murphy said.
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By Joseph Serna | February 10, 2009
As a Long Beach man testifying in his own defense Tuesday appeared at different times honest or defensive, sincere or dodgy, one thing became clear: He says he has absolutely no idea where he was or what he was doing Nov. 15, 2004, when prosecutors say he helped kill two people. As John Fitzgerald Kennedy told jurors Tuesday, he’s struggled for years now to determine what he was doing that day, when Newport Beach couple Tom and Jackie Hawks were tied to an anchor and tossed off their yacht, Well Deserved.
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By Joseph Serna | February 5, 2009
Defense attorneys for a Long Beach man accused of helping to kill a Newport Beach couple out at sea in 2004 raised their second concern in two days Thursday that the jury could be influenced by things outside the courtroom. Before prosecutors could begin their final day of testimony in the trial of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 45, defense attorneys Winston McKesson and Charles Lindner expressed concern to Orange County Superior Court Judge Frank F. Fasel that television news coverage of the high-profile case has reached the jury.
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By Joseph Serna | February 4, 2009
Even during a double-murder trial, sometimes things happen that will just make you laugh. Case and point: Defense attorneys questioning a key witness for prosecutors Wednesday, as they asked Myron Gardner why, exactly, he bought Viagra pills from the defendant, accused killer John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The audience inside the ninth floor courtroom in the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana was reduced to snickers during the first half of testimony for Kennedy’s trial Wednesday morning, as Gardner explained, somewhat embarrassed, that just because of his relatively young age for using the pills, he’s 45, it doesn’t necessarily mean he wouldn’t want them.
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By Joseph Serna | February 3, 2009
Skylar Deleon wasn’t picky when he waited outside a Long Beach liquor store in 2004. Prosecutors claim that Deleon would basically take somebody, anybody, who would be his “muscle” as he forced a Newport Beach couple to sign over their finances and property before killing them out at sea. According to testimony Tuesday, Deleon was waiting for John Fitzgerald Kennedy, an accused Long Beach gang member. Kennedy is now on trial, accused of helping Deleon and another man kill Newport Beach couple Tom and Jackie Hawks for money.
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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.
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By Joseph Serna | January 27, 2009
A Long Beach man accused of helping kill a Newport Beach couple in 2004 out at sea was rarely mentioned in the first day of the trial’s testimony Tuesday, with prosecutors instead aiming to establish for jurors the basic fact that they were, indeed, killed. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Matt Murphy said he must first establish the crime took place for jurors before plugging the defendant, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43, into the equation. Kennedy is accused of helping two other men, Skylar Deleon, who was convicted as the mastermind of the plot, and Alonso Machain, who has yet to stand trial, subdue Tom and Jackie Hawks aboard their boat, Well Deserved, and throw them overboard alive tied to an anchor.
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