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By Joseph Serna | October 29, 2008
Like pillars removed from a building, every aspect of a normal childhood not available to convicted killer Skylar Deleon growing up narrowed his choices and made it harder for him to make good decisions, a psychologist for Deleon’s defense testified this morning. “There’s always a choice, but people don’t always get the same choices,” testified Mark Cunningham, a 30-year veteran of clinical and forensic psychology, during Deleon’s death penalty trial Wednesday.
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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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By Joe Serna | October 27, 2008
Facing a potential death sentence for killing three people including a Newport Beach couple in 2004, a Long Beach man’s defense attorney said all he can do now is tell his client’s story. On Monday, that’s just what Gary Pohlson began to do. Only two witnesses testified for him Monday: his client’s stepmother, Melissa Wildin, and his half-sister, Stephanie Jacobson. Together the two testified about 29-year-old Skylar Deleon’s upbringing, with his formative years becoming a mix of physical and mental abuse, tagging along with his dad on drug deals and later visiting him in prison.
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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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By Joseph Serna | October 22, 2008
Newport Beach couple Tom and Jackie Hawks appeared sublime. Through various clips, the couple’s sailing adventures over two years are marked with trips to La Paz, Mexico, and Santa Catalina Island. In one clip, Jackie is tracking a whale shark just off their boat’s starboard side. In another, the couple are sailing among a pod of dolphins. In a final, ominous clip, the two are having dinner with friends aboard their boat, the “Well Deserved,” and saying how they’ll miss it because they’ve found someone to buy it. That someone was Skylar Deleon, 29. He now faces the death penalty for killing the couple less than a week after that last clip was shot by Jackie Hawks.
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By Joseph Serna | October 20, 2008
A man accused of killing three people, including a Newport Beach couple in 2004 who were thrown off their yacht to drown, was found guilty Monday afternoon. The verdict against Skylar Deleon came shortly after the case was handed to jurors. Deleon's defense attorney, Gary Pohlson, acknowledged at the beginning of the murder trial that his client was guilty and that he would focus on convincing jurors to spare Deleon from the death penalty. The case will now turn to the penalty phase as jurors decide whether Deleon should spend life in prison or be executed.
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By Joseph Serna | October 20, 2008
There were no celebrations, no tears or gasps, just a quiet acknowledgment that two families were one step closer to justice Monday when 12 jurors convicted a Long Beach man of killing their loved ones for money several years ago. Skylar Deleon, 29, was convicted of killing three people, including a Newport Beach couple in 2004, after less than a work-week’s worth of evidence and testimony from prosecutors sealed a conviction even defense...
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By Joseph Serna | October 17, 2008
Assuming a guilty verdict is inevitable, the defense attorney for a Long Beach man accused of killing three people, including a Newport Beach couple, said Thursday when jurors consider the death penalty, they have to ask themselves why these killings happened. Defense Attorney Gary Pohlson acknowledged that his client’s guilt by now was a shock to no one. In his opening statements last week, he said his client, Skylar Deleon, 29, is guilty of killing three people. But that fact alone doesn’t warrant the death sentence, Pohlson told jurors.
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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.
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