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October 21, 2008 | Christine Hanley
With his conviction a foregone conclusion, Skylar Deleon did not flinch Monday when he was found guilty of killing Tom and Jackie Hawks in a plot to steal their yacht and plunder their bank accounts. "He knew that was going to happen," his attorney, Gary Pohlson, told reporters moments after an Orange County jury, which had deliberated just two hours, found Deleon guilty of killing the Hawkses and Jon Peter Jarvi, an Anaheim man found dead in Mexico after Deleon swindled him out of $50,000.
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June 20, 2009 | Christopher Goffard
After wending its way slowly through the courts, the Thomas and Jackie Hawks double-murder case officially concluded this week with the sentencing of the fifth and final defendant implicated in the 2004 slayings of the Arizona couple. Now comes the question of who wants to buy the crime scene.
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November 9, 2006 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Thomas and Jackie Hawks fought their alleged captors to the bitter end and in a moment of tenderness managed to hold hands before an anchor dragged them to the bottom of the sea. Family and friends of the couple were brought to tears Wednesday when a prosecution witness gave an excruciating, minute-by-minute account of events aboard their 55-foot yacht, Well Deserved, during the Santa Ana murder trial of Jennifer L. Deleon.
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February 20, 2009 | Susannah Rosenblatt
A Long Beach gang member was found guilty Thursday in the murder of a husband and wife who were tied to the anchor of their yacht and thrown into the ocean off the Newport Beach coastline. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43, was convicted in the 2004 killings-for-profit of Thomas and Jackie Hawks, who had decided to sell their Newport Beach-based boat and give up a life of high-seas adventure so they could spend time with their new grandchild.
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December 9, 2004 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Thomas and Jackie Hawks promised to return a friend's phone call after taking prospective buyers of their luxury boat on a cruise off Newport Beach. It's been almost four weeks, and that call never came. "My gut tells me something is wrong," said the older of their two sons, Ryan Hawks, 28, of San Diego. "I know my parents very well. It's super out of the ordinary for them not to keep in touch." The couple were reported missing by their families several days after they gave the Nov.
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May 23, 2005 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
It had been a week since anyone had heard from Tom and Jackie Hawks, and that wasn't right for a pair as dependable as the tides. The 55-foot yacht that the retired couple called home still was moored in Newport Harbor when Tom's older brother, Jim, arrived to track them down.
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August 17, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
Tom and Jackie Hawks were told that if they cooperated with the men on their yacht, they would live. So with hands cuffed behind their backs and duct tape over their mouths and eyes, the couple agreed to sign power of attorney documents, even as their 55-foot vessel, Well Deserved, motored from Newport Beach to where they would be tied to an anchor and thrown alive into the sea.
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September 7, 2006 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Orange County prosecutors said Wednesday they would seek the death penalty for two Long Beach men accused of handcuffing and tying a retired couple to an anchor and tossing them overboard while at sea off Newport Beach. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas described Skylar J. DeLeon, 27, as the "brains" and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 41, the "brawn" behind the "cruel and coldblooded" plot to murder Thomas and Jackie Hawks, steal their yacht and plunder their bank accounts.
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February 20, 2009 | Susannah Rosenblatt
A Long Beach gang member was found guilty Thursday in the murder of a husband and wife who were tied to the anchor of their yacht and thrown into the ocean off the Newport Beach coastline. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43, was convicted in the 2004 killings-for-profit of Thomas and Jackie Hawks, who had decided to sell their Newport Beach-based boat and give up a life of high-seas adventure so they could spend time with their new grandchild.
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June 20, 2009 | Christopher Goffard
After wending its way slowly through the courts, the Thomas and Jackie Hawks double-murder case officially concluded this week with the sentencing of the fifth and final defendant implicated in the 2004 slayings of the Arizona couple. Now comes the question of who wants to buy the crime scene.
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October 21, 2008 | Christine Hanley
With his conviction a foregone conclusion, Skylar Deleon did not flinch Monday when he was found guilty of killing Tom and Jackie Hawks in a plot to steal their yacht and plunder their bank accounts. "He knew that was going to happen," his attorney, Gary Pohlson, told reporters moments after an Orange County jury, which had deliberated just two hours, found Deleon guilty of killing the Hawkses and Jon Peter Jarvi, an Anaheim man found dead in Mexico after Deleon swindled him out of $50,000.
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November 9, 2006 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Thomas and Jackie Hawks fought their alleged captors to the bitter end and in a moment of tenderness managed to hold hands before an anchor dragged them to the bottom of the sea. Family and friends of the couple were brought to tears Wednesday when a prosecution witness gave an excruciating, minute-by-minute account of events aboard their 55-foot yacht, Well Deserved, during the Santa Ana murder trial of Jennifer L. Deleon.
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September 7, 2006 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Orange County prosecutors said Wednesday they would seek the death penalty for two Long Beach men accused of handcuffing and tying a retired couple to an anchor and tossing them overboard while at sea off Newport Beach. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas described Skylar J. DeLeon, 27, as the "brains" and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 41, the "brawn" behind the "cruel and coldblooded" plot to murder Thomas and Jackie Hawks, steal their yacht and plunder their bank accounts.
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August 17, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
Tom and Jackie Hawks were told that if they cooperated with the men on their yacht, they would live. So with hands cuffed behind their backs and duct tape over their mouths and eyes, the couple agreed to sign power of attorney documents, even as their 55-foot vessel, Well Deserved, motored from Newport Beach to where they would be tied to an anchor and thrown alive into the sea.
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May 23, 2005 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
It had been a week since anyone had heard from Tom and Jackie Hawks, and that wasn't right for a pair as dependable as the tides. The 55-foot yacht that the retired couple called home still was moored in Newport Harbor when Tom's older brother, Jim, arrived to track them down.
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December 9, 2004 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Thomas and Jackie Hawks promised to return a friend's phone call after taking prospective buyers of their luxury boat on a cruise off Newport Beach. It's been almost four weeks, and that call never came. "My gut tells me something is wrong," said the older of their two sons, Ryan Hawks, 28, of San Diego. "I know my parents very well. It's super out of the ordinary for them not to keep in touch." The couple were reported missing by their families several days after they gave the Nov.
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September 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Jury selection began Monday in Orange County Superior Court in the trial of a Long Beach man charged with killing a couple at sea and dumping them off their yacht. Skylar Deleon is charged with killing an Arizona couple in 2004 while pretending to be interested in their 55-foot yacht. Prosecutors say he forced Thomas and Jackie Hawks to sign over ownership of the boat before tying them to an anchor and throwing them overboard. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Deleon, who also faces charges of killing a man in 2003.
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October 16, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
With his hands bound behind his back and eyes covered in tape, Tom Hawks seemed to realize that certain death awaited him and his wife, Jackie, if he didn't act quickly. So he mustered all the force he could and delivered a blow with his foot that sent one of his three attackers reeling into a deck chair. It would be the last act of heroism for a man who made a living in law enforcement. Within moments, an anchor was dragging the Arizona couple into the ocean.
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