Orange County District Attorney
FONT> Susan Schroeder
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
September 6, 2006
Public Affairs Counsel
(714) 347-8408 Office
(714) 323-4486 Cell
BACKGROUND ON THE THREE CRIMINAL CASES INVOLVING SKYLAR DELEON
*District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced today that he will seek the death penalty for Skylar Deleon and John Kennedy
In November 2004, Thomas and Jackie Hawks placed an advertisement for their 55-foot boat named “Well Deserved” for $440,000. They wanted to spend more time with their new grandchild in Arizona. Skylar Deleon, 26,who changed his name from John Jacobson Jr., his wife Jennifer Deleon, 24, Alonso Machain, 22, Myron Gardner Sr., 33, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 40, are accused of participating in the murder of the Hawks’ to take their boat and life savings. All are from Long Beach except for Machain, who is from Pico Rivera.
Skylar Deleon and Machain are accused of staking out the boat and the victims on November 6th. Jennifer Deleon is accused of gaining the trust of the Hawks’ by bringing her 9-month old baby to meet them on November 9th. Gardner is accused of recruiting Kennedy, a well documented, hard-core, Los Angeles gang member.
On November 15th, Skylar Deleon, Machain, and Kennedy are accused of taking the boat out of the harbor, overpowering the Hawks’, forcing them to sign the transfer of title documents, handcuffing and tying them to the anchor, throwing them alive overboard, and drowning them to death. Skylar and Jennifer are accused of communicating frequently by cell phone while the boat was out.
Skylar and Jennifer Deleon are accused of cleaning the boat with bleach and destroying evidence and personal items belonging to the Hawks’. The Deleons are accused of getting papers signed by the Hawks notarized with backdates. The Deleons are accused of trying to take money out of the Hawks’ bank account in Arizona and placing it in a bank account in Mexico. The Deleons and Machain are accused of trying to create evidence that the Hawks’ were moving to Mexico after they were murdered.
On January 16, 2005, Skylar Deleon was arrested while he was trying to leave for Mexico. Machain was arrested on March 2, 2005, Gardner was arrested the next day, Kennedy was arrested a week later, and Jennifer Deleon was arrested on April 8, 2005. The four have been charged with special circumstances murder on multiple victims and financial gain allegations. Skylar Deleon was charged with a Strike from a 2003 residential burglary case. Kennedy was charged with a Strike from a 1988 attempted murder case. During the preliminary examination held in 2005, defendant Jennifer Deleon laughed during the hearing while the grieving Hawks family watched.
On August 19, 2005, Skylar Deleon was charged with special circumstances murder for financial gain of John Jarvi, 45, of Anaheim. Jennifer Deleon and his first cousin Michael William Lewis Jr., 25, of Arizona, were charged with helping Skylar Deleon conceal the murder. If convicted, Skylar Deleon could receive life without the possibility of parole. Jennifer Deleon and Lewis face three years in state prison for the Jarvi murder plot.
Jarvi met Skylar Deleon while they were serving a work furlough program at a private jail in Seal Beach in 2003. Skylar Deleon was unemployed supporting his pregnant wife Jennifer and the two were heavily in debt.
On December 26, 2003, Jarvi went to his bank in Laguna Beach and cashed two $25,000 checks and immediately called Skylar Deleon. Two hours after the call, Skylar Deleon is accused of spending $18,000 in new $100 bills at a boatyard and depositing $21,000 into the couple’s joint account.
On December 27, 2003, Skylar Deleon and Lewis are accused of driving down to Mexico. The two were in frequent communication with each other on both December 26th and 27th. Jarvi’s body with his throat slashed was found around 4 p.m. next to the northbound lane near Ensenada. Skylar Deleon’s car crossed the U.S. border around two hours later. A week later, the Deleons are accused of getting rid of Jarvi’s car.
On January 24, 2004, Deleon is accused of asking a fellow inmate in jail to murder his father John Jacobson Sr., with the intent the murder be carried out. On July 26, 2006, Deleon is accused of asking a fellow inmate in jail to murder his cousin Mike Lewis with the intent the murder be carried out. Jacobson Sr. and Lewis are witnesses.