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By Joseph Serna | October 8, 2008
On the outskirts of Ensenada, Mexico, up an empty road surrounded by dusty hills and mountains, Michael Lewis followed his cousin’s sport utility vehicle and pulled off the side of the road and parked. Lewis said he watched there as his cousin, Skylar Deleon, 29, escorted John Jarvi from the car. Jarvi, blinded by cloth wrapped around his head, was led down a hill toward some trees and bushes, out of plain view, Lewis testified in Deleon’s murder trial Wednesday. “Something’s not cool.
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NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 7, 2008
Skylar Deleon killed a Newport Beach couple for their boat and money and slashed a man’s throat in Mexico for $50,000 in 2003, but that doesn’t mean he should be sentenced to death, Deleon’s defense attorney, Gary Pohlson, told a jury during opening statements Tuesday. In a move that surprised more than a few in the courtroom, Pohlson nonchalantly agreed with most of the prosecutors’ statements that Deleon killed three people in 2003 and 2004. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
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.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 15, 2008
A Long Beach man accused of killing a Newport Beach couple in 2004 and slicing a man’s throat along the side of a Mexican highway in 2003 will be tried for both cases simultaneously, a judge ruled Monday. Skylar Deleon, 28, is accused of masterminding the murder of Newport Beach residents Thomas and Jackie Hawks in 2004, a retired couple looking to sell their boat, the “Well Deserved,” so they could spend more time with their newborn grandchild in Arizona. Deleon’s ex-wife, Jennifer Henderson, was convicted for her role in the plot last year and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 25, 2008
A Long Beach man accused of robbing and murdering a Newport Beach couple in 2004 could also be tried on charges he robbed a man of $50,000 and murdered him in Mexico in 2005 if prosecutors get their way next month. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Matt Murphy will argue before a judge Sept. 5 that Skylar Deleon, 28, should be tried for allegedly slashing the throat of John Jarvi in Mexico simultaneously with his trial for allegedly master-minding the murder of the Hawkses, a Newport Beach couple looking to sell their boat to spend more time with their new grandchild in Arizona.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | July 11, 2008
A Long Beach man who could be sentenced to death if convicted during his murder trial in August, tried to saw off his genitalia, but it was later reattached by doctors, Orange County Sheriff’s officials confirmed Friday. Skylar Deleon, 29, somehow got a razor blade while in jail and tried to cut off his penis March 13, said sheriff’s spokesman Damon Micalizzi. Deleon is scheduled to go to trial in August for allegedly spearheading a murder-for-money plot involving his wife, their child and hired muscles to help.
NEWS
By From Staff reports | December 31, 2007
There are several events and issues that will top the news in 2008, including a murder trial, a civil trial and a referendum on where to build the Newport Beach City Hall. Following is a list of what to watch out for this year.   1 Hawks murder trials Skylar Deleon and John F. Kennedy, two of the men indicted in the 2004 slayings of boat owner Tom and Jackie Hawks, are scheduled to go on trial Jan 28. Deleon’s former wife, Jennifer Henderson Deleon, was convicted in November 2006 and later sentenced to two consecutive life terms.
LOCAL
By Brianna Bailey | October 6, 2007
The son of slain Newport Beach yacht owner Tom Hawks stood at the podium in Judge Frank Fasel’s courtroom Thursday afternoon and told the family of convicted murderer Jennifer Henderson Deleon that they should give up her children for adoption. Henderson Deleon, a mother of two, was sentenced Thursday to two consecutive terms of life without parole for the murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks. “I wish for the defendant’s family to give her children up for adoption so they may grow up not knowing who their parents were or what they did or how they were used as decoys for financial gain,” Hawks said.
LOCAL
By Brianna Bailey | October 4, 2007
Ryan Hawks has had three years to think of what he wants to say at Jennifer Henderson Deleon’s sentencing. “Justice in my eyes is kind of a paradox,” Hawks said. “But it’s the best thing I have to work with.” Hawks, 31, who lives in Cardiff by the Sea, will address Orange County Superior Court Friday morning on how the death of his father and stepmother three years ago has affected his life and how Henderson Deleon should pay for her role in the slayings of Tom and Jackie Hawks.
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