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By Joseph Serna | January 26, 2009
All prosecutors have on a Long Beach man on trial for murder are phone records showing him talking with lifelong friends and the word of two lying killers, defense attorneys said during the trial’s opening statements Monday. In a short opening statement to jurors, attorney Winston McKesson told jurors that his client, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43, did not help two men kill Newport Beach couple Tom and Jackie Hawks in 2004 aboard their boat, Well Deserved. Prosecutors claim Kennedy, a suspected gang member, helped Skylar Deleon and Alonso Machain strap the Hawkses to an anchor and throw them overboard out at sea for the promise of millions of dollars.
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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 Joseph Serna | January 16, 2009
Cell-phone records showing an accused Long Beach gang member calling accused accomplices of a Newport Beach couple’s slaying in 2004 and placing him near the scene of the crime will be not be heard by the jury if his defense attorney has his way. In the last pretrial hearing before jury selection begins for the double-murder trial of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on Friday, Kennedy’s defense attorney Charles Lindner told the judge he...
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 16, 2009
After his attorney asked for more time Friday, a Long Beach man is scheduled to be sentenced in March for killing a Newport Beach couple in 2004 by throwing them overboard tied alive to an anchor and slashing another man’s throat in the Mexican desert a year earlier. Skylar Deleon, 29, is scheduled to be sentenced March 20 at Orange County’s Central Justice Center in Santa Ana for killing three people for money. A jury recommended Deleon be put to death in November.
NEWS
December 31, 2008
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series detailing the top 10 stories to keep an eye on in the coming year. Part 2 will run Friday.   Economy: conomy: This year saw plenty of city government cuts, but more could be on the horizon if the economy continues its long march down, and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District will likely feel the strain too. State budget talks stalled for the holidays, but with an impending crisis predicted for February — when the government is expected to run out of cash unless some serious action is taken — it is unlikely that the school district will emerge unscathed.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | November 6, 2008
Looking pale and wearing a wrinkled striped shirt and black slacks, former child actor Skylar Deleon did not flinch Thursday as a jury recommended death for his role in the 2004 slayings of Newport Beach yacht owners Tom and Jackie Hawks and the 2003 murder of Anaheim resident Jon Jarvi. “I think of this as a small piece of justice,” said Tom Hawks’ son, Ryan Hawks, 32, after the verdict. “My parents are still tied to an anchor 3,600 feet below the ocean.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | November 5, 2008
Jury deliberations began about 10 a.m. this morning in the capital murder trial of former child actor Skylar Deleon. The jury must decide whether to recommend death by lethal injection or life in prison for Deleon, who was convicted Oct. 20 for the 2004 murders of Newport Beach yacht owners Tom and Jackie Hawks and 2003 murder of Anaheim resident John Jarvi. Deleon, 29, who once had a bit part on the television show “Mighty Morphine Power Rangers” stole $50,000 from Jarvi in 2003 before slashing his throat in the desert outside of Ensenada, Mexico.
LOCAL
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 | 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?
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | November 3, 2008
A Long Beach man never showed signs of abuse and got along with his father just as often as he fought with him, an aunt testified during the penalty phase of his murder trial Monday. Skylar Deleon was included in family photos, hung out with his cousin, Michael Lewis, and sometimes spent summers in the loving home during his teenage years, Deleon’s aunt Colleen Francisco told jurors Monday as they weighed whether he deserves the death penalty. Deleon was convicted last month of killing Newport Beach couple Tom and Jackie Hawks in 2004 and John Jarvi in 2003.
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