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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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May 2, 2009 | Christine Hanley
A Long Beach gang member was sentenced to death Friday morning for helping tie Thomas and Jackie Hawks to the anchor of their yacht and then throwing them overboard off the coast of Newport Beach in a plot to steal the vessel and plunder the couple's life savings. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43, will join accomplice Skylar Deleon on death row in the murders of the Hawkses, who were last seen in November 2004 leaving Newport Harbor aboard their 55-foot yacht, Well Deserved. Deleon, who masterminded the crime, was sentenced to death last month.
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October 6, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
The wife of the alleged mastermind in the murders of Thomas and Jackie Hawks at sea was sentenced Friday to two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole for participating in the plot to kill the retired couple, steal their yacht and plunder their life savings. Before her trial, Jennifer L. Deleon, 26, a mother of two, turned down prosecutors' offer of immunity in exchange for testifying against her husband, Skylar Deleon.
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November 7, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran, Tran is a Times staff writer.
A Santa Ana jury Thursday voted for the death penalty for a 29-year-old man convicted of three murders, including those of a Newport Beach couple who were lashed to the anchor of their yacht and thrown into the ocean. Skylar Deleon was convicted Oct. 21 in the 2004 slayings of Tom and Jackie Hawks, who had spent nearly two years plying the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean before deciding to sell the boat to move closer to family in Arizona.
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April 9, 2005 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
The wife of a man charged with killing a couple who were selling their 55-foot yacht was arrested Friday by Newport Beach police on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. Jennifer Deleon, 23, is the fifth person arrested in the presumed murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks. The hairdresser was arrested when she arrived to visit her husband at Orange County Jail, police Lt. Steve Shulman said. Her attorney, Michael Molfetta, said she was innocent.
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November 16, 2006 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Exactly two years to the day since Thomas and Jackie Hawks were last seen alive, a woman accused of helping in their alleged murders at sea was portrayed alternately Wednesday as a calculated accomplice motivated by greed, and an unwitting pawn manipulated by her diabolical husband. The contrasting depictions of Jennifer L. Deleon were presented during closing arguments at her Santa Ana trial over the Nov.
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November 8, 2006 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
The father of a woman accused of helping her husband in the high-seas murders of a retired couple testified Tuesday that his daughter had the upper hand in the marriage and that his son-in-law seemed "timid" when the couple were together. Steven Henderson was one of two prosecution witnesses who said Jennifer L.
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May 2, 2009 | Christine Hanley
A Long Beach gang member was sentenced to death Friday morning for helping tie Thomas and Jackie Hawks to the anchor of their yacht and then throwing them overboard off the coast of Newport Beach in a plot to steal the vessel and plunder the couple's life savings. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43, will join accomplice Skylar Deleon on death row in the murders of the Hawkses, who were last seen in November 2004 leaving Newport Harbor aboard their 55-foot yacht, Well Deserved. Deleon, who masterminded the crime, was sentenced to death last month.
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November 7, 2006 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
In her final moments, Jackie Hawks screamed and cried out for mercy, saying she was "too young to die" as her husband tried to console her by stroking her hand, a prosecutor said Monday. "That woman pleaded for her life," Deputy Dist. Atty. Matt Murphy told jurors in his opening statement at the Santa Ana trial of Jennifer L. Deleon, accused of helping her husband, Skylar, and three other men in a plot to murder Jackie and Thomas Hawks, steal their yacht and plunder their savings.
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August 13, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
The preliminary hearing in the disappearance of a Newport Beach yachting couple opened Friday with testimony that the prime suspect repeatedly asked an acquaintance for help in disposing of bodies in the sea. Newport Beach Sgt. David Byington disclosed the allegations at a hearing for Skylar Deleon, his wife and a second man, who are charged with killing yacht owners Tom and Jackie Hawks in a conspiracy to steal their boat and loot their bank account.
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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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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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October 8, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
With the big smiles of Tom and Jackie Hawks looming above him in an Orange County courtroom Tuesday, the man accused of orchestrating their murders at sea prepared to acknowledge for the first time that he had a hand in the crimes.
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October 6, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
The wife of the alleged mastermind in the murders of Thomas and Jackie Hawks at sea was sentenced Friday to two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole for participating in the plot to kill the retired couple, steal their yacht and plunder their life savings. Before her trial, Jennifer L. Deleon, 26, a mother of two, turned down prosecutors' offer of immunity in exchange for testifying against her husband, Skylar Deleon.
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May 28, 2007 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
As the westbound Amtrak streaked across the sun-splashed plains of Kansas, John Jacobson finally talked about his sons -- the good one, and the other one. He was headed to Kingman, Ariz., to pass along the family business to his younger son, an 18-year-old who had just beaten a drug problem and had found new hope in religion.
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