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Power Rangers, a long-running American children’s television series, originated from the Japanese tokusatsu Super Sentai Series. The American producers did not simply make an English-Dub of the original, but rather put together a "new" production with English-speaking actors spliced in with the original Japanese footage in varying ratios. Due to the very Japanese nature of many of the Super Sentai Series' stories and design, the American shows vary detail to appeal to a Western audience. However, they typically dub many of the action sequences featuring the characters in costume and the mecha (referred to as “Zords" in the English series).

Source: OC Court public records

Orange County, California - Former child actor Skylar Deleon (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) received the death penalty after standing trial for the 2004 murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks of Prescott, Arizona. In addition, he was also convicted of the 2003 murder of Jon Jarvi of Anaheim, Ca. Prosecutors had said Deleon met Jarvi in a work furlough program while serving jail time for burglary and killed him in Mexico, after Jarvi reportedly gave him $50,000, leaving him in a shallow grave with his throat cut. Displaying an interest in purchasing their 55-foot yacht named: “Well Deserved” in early November 2004, Deleon approached Tom and Jackie Hawks about the sale involving his then-wife Jennifer and their infant daughter, using them to help gain the trust of the Hawks.

Skyler DeLeon

Multiple Murderer Skyler DeLeon

Prosecutors said Deleon feigned interest in buying the boat and took a test cruise with two of his associates and the unsuspecting couple. The two other men, Fitzgerald Kennedy, a known Los Angeles gang member and Alonso Machain, were also involved in staking out the couple and carrying out the crimes. Police reports say that on November 15, 2004, Deleon along with the two suspects and the Hawks, sailed the boat out when the men overtook the unsuspecting couple and took control of the yacht. Once the men seized control of the boat they forced the Hawks to sign over several documents, including the title to the yacht and other notarized papers with backdates for access to their bank accounts. As the couple pleaded with their captors, they were tied to the anchor and thrown overboard. Their bodies were never recovered. "It is difficult to imagine a case where it’s more cold-blooded and calculated than this series of murders, " prosecutor Matt Murphy said after the sentencing. "I can’t imagine a situation that is more deserving of the ultimate punishment." An Orange County jury found 29 year old Skylar Deleon, originally born John Jacobson Jr. of Long Beach, guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and special circumstances for financial gain and multiple victims.

Deleon's attorney had conceded to the jury from the outset that Deleon, who starred in commercials as a child and had a bit-part role in the movie "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," was guilty but should not be put to death. The penalty phase of the trial should be deliberate. Deleon's attorney Gary Pohlson told reporters that he plans on trying to convince the jury to spare his client's life by having Deleon's relatives and doctors testify during the punishment phase about his troubled past. "He's had a horrible, horrible life," Pohlson said, noting that Deleon's father abused him and later died of AIDS.

Jennifer Henderson DeLeon

Arrestee: Jennifer Henderson-DeLeon (23) From Long Beach, Ca.

At approximately 1:50 p.m. today Jennifer DeLeon was taken into custody and charged with the murder of Thomas and Jackie Hawks. She joins four others, including her husband, arrested in connection with the murder of the Hawks. Detectives arrested Jennifer DeLeon after they obtained an arrest warrant for her and took her into custody when she arrived at the Orange County Jail to visit her husband, Skylar DeLeon. Skylar DeLeon has been in custody since Newport Beach Police Detectives arrested him on December 17, 2004. An investigation into the missing couple began in late November 2004. Thomas Hawks and his wife Jackie were reported missing by family members after the couple reportedly sold the boat on which they had been living. Thomas Hawks, a retired Arizona Probation Officer, and his wife, spent much of their time traveling on their boat between Newport Beach, San Diego and San Carlos, Mexico.

The couple reportedly sold their 55’ boat in mid-November [2004] for an amount described by Skylar DeLeon to be in excess of $400,000 cash. Detectives have since concluded that the sale was fraudulent and in fact, never took place. According to Skylar Deleon he last saw the Hawks on November 14, 2004 after “purchasing” the Hawks boat and observed the couple drive away in their 1998 Silver Honda CRV with Arizona license plates. That vehicle had been missing since their disappearance but located in Ensenada, Mexico on December 16, 2004 after a media campaign was launched requesting the public’s assistance in locating the vehicle. The bodies of the Hawks have never been located.

On March 2, 2005 Alonso Machain, 21 years old, was arrested in connection with the Hawks murder and on the following day 41 year-old, Myron Gardner was also arrested in connection with the murder. On March 10, 2005 Newport Beach Police announced they had arrested a fourth suspect by the name of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a resident of Long Beach in connection with the murder of the Hawks. Kennedy is 39 years of age. All five suspects are now in custody and being held without bail.


Arrestee: John Fitzgerald Kennedy 08-13-65 (44) From Long Beach, Ca.

At 11:30 a.m. today Newport Beach Police Detectives arrested a fourth suspect in the murder of Thomas and Jackie Hawks. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for John Fitzgerald Kennedy for two counts of murder. Kennedy was taken into custody after he was stopped driving a 1988 yellow Cadillac at the intersection of Long Beach Blvd. and 23rd Street in Long Beach today. Kennedy is a resident of Long Beach and he was booked into the Newport Beach City Jail with no bail.

Long Beach Police Department’s Gang Unit assisted Newport Beach Police Detectives in the identification and arrest of Kennedy.

Details surrounding Kennedy’s role in this case are not being revealed at this time as this continues to be an on-going police investigation. Last Friday (March 4, 2005) the Newport Beach Police Department announced that murder charges were filed against Skylar DeLeon, Alonso Machain, and Myron Gardner. DeLeon had been in custody for a probation violation related to an earlier arrest for Grand Theft. Machain was arrested on March 2, 2005 and Gardner was arrested on March 3, 2005. All three remain in custody in Orange County Jail.


Arrestees: ALONSO MACHAIN DOB: 9-19-83 (21) From Pico Rivera, Ca. and MYRON GARDNER DOB: 5-25-63 (41) From Long Beach, Ca.

The District Attorney’s Office will file murder charges today on Skylar Deleon at the Harbor Justice Center. In addition, two other people have been arrested in recent days for their involvement in the murder of Thomas and Jackie Hawks who were reported missing after the sale of their boat November 15, 2004. DeLeon, when initially interviewed by Newport Beach Police Detectives, told them he consummated the purchase of the Hawks boat on November 15, 2004 and that Thomas and Jackie were present during the sale. He also said Alonso Machain was present during his purchase of the Hawks boat. In an interview with police Machain stated he was present during the purchase with DeLeon, but he later recanted that statement. Subsequent investigation determined that the sale of the boat by the Hawks to DeLeon never took place. No one has seen the Hawks since November 15, 2004. The family reported the Hawks missing days after DeLeon reported he purchased the Hawks boat.

An extensive media campaign took place in an attempt to locate the Hawks and their vehicle. The vehicle was located in Ensenada, Mexico on December 16, 2004. Subsequent investigation revealed that DeLeon delivered the Hawks vehicle to a location in Ensenada, Mexico on November 26, 2004, the same location it was found, December 16, 2004. Further investigative leads resulted in the arrest of Myron Gardner who detectives believe played a role in the murder of the Hawks but are not prepared to discuss the leads surrounding his arrest. This investigation is continuing and Detectives anticipate additional arrests will be made in the future.

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