|For Immediate Release
March 4th, 2005
Media Relations Spokesperson
MURDER CHARGES FILED AGAINST THREE MEN IN THE DISAPPEARANCE OF COUPLE IN NEWPORT BEACH
Santa Ana— Skylar James Deleon, 25, of Long Beach, Alonso A. Machain, 21, of Pico Rivera and Myron Sandora Gardner, Sr., 41, of Long Beach have been charged with the murders of Thomas and Jackie Hawks. The charges also include the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder for financial gain. If convicted on all counts the three defendants could face life in prison without the possibility of parole or the district attorney may choose to seek the death penalty. It is customary to defer a decision on the death penalty until all aggravating and mitigating factors have been considered.
The Hawks, who are from Prescott, Arizona, had been living on their 55-foot yacht named “Well Deserved” in Newport Harbor. The couple had advertised their boat for sale in several yacht magazines with plans to use the profits to buy a house and a smaller boat. The Hawks were last seen on November 15, 2004 when they met with Deleon regarding the purchase of their boat. A month after their disappearance, the Hawks’ car was recovered in Mexico. Deleon was previously arrested and charged in February with grand theft involving another boat. He was also convicted of first degree burglary in May of 2003.
“This was a horrific crime committed against two people looking forward to a bright future,” said Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “Our hearts go out to the Hawks’ family who had to endure months waiting to find out what happened to their loved ones. I would like to thank the Newport Beach Police Department for their fine investigative work on this case. Together, we intend to bring justice and closure to the Hawks’ and their family.”
The arraignment for Deleon, Machain, and Gardner is set for this afternoon at 1:30 PM in department H2 of the Harbor Justice Center, 4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy in the Homicide Unit has been assigned to prosecute the case.