A Long Beach man and his wife, who will stand trial for the killing
of a missing Newport Beach couple, were charged in a third murder
case late Thursday.
Skylar Deleon, 26, is accused of murdering John Jarvi, a
45-year-old Anaheim man, for financial gain. Jarvi was found with his
throat slashed in December 2003 in Mexico. Deleon's wife, Jennifer
Henderson-Deleon, 24, and Skylar Deleon's first cousin, Michael
William Lewis Jr., 24, have been charged with accessory to the
Newport Beach detectives arrested Lewis on Thursday at his home in
Oatman, Ariz., with assistance from the Mohave County Sheriff's
Department, said Trish Carter, Mohave County sheriff's spokeswoman.
The Deleons are already in custody and are awaiting trial. They
are charged with the murder of Tom and Jackie Hawks, a retired couple
who police believe were handcuffed to the anchor of their yacht and
thrown overboard while alive in November. Their bodies haven't been
"In the course of events, there was a nexus to the city of Newport
Beach, and that's the reason why we've taken an interest in the
[other murder] case," Newport Beach Sgt. Dale Johnson said.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Matt Murphy, prosecutor in the case against the
Deleons in the Hawkses' killing, said Friday that he could not
comment on any connection or similarity between the two cases.
Skylar Deleon and Jarvi met while they were both serving time in a
work-release program at the Seal Beach Jail in December 2003, Murphy
After Jarvi was released, he took out a second mortgage on his
condo and told his mother he was going to Mexico on a "no lose"
business deal, according to a statement released by the Orange County
district attorney's office.
On Dec. 26, Jarvi reportedly went to his bank in Laguna Beach and
cashed two $25,000 checks; afterward, he immediately telephoned
Skylar Deleon, according to the statement.
Hours later, Skylar Deleon allegedly spent $18,000 in new $100
bills at a boatyard and deposited $21,000 into the Deleons' joint
account. The Deleons were also seen buying a $2,200 wedding band, the
Jarvi made a phone call to Skylar Deleon on Dec. 27, the same day
Deleon and his cousin Lewis allegedly drove to Mexico. Jarvi's body
was found at 4 p.m. on a highway near Ensenada. Skylar Deleon's car
crossed the U.S.-Mexico border approximately two hours later, the
The day of the murder, Deleon was still serving work-release time
at the Seal Beach jail, Murphy said. Jail records indicate that
Alonso Machain, a jailer at the Seal Beach jail, allowed Deleon into
the jail that night, much later than he was supposed to return,
Machain, 21, of Pico Rivera, is one of the five defendants charged
in the murder of the Hawkses. Machain, along with co-defendant Myron
Gardner, 42, of Long Beach, will be tried separately from the Deleons
and John Kennedy, 40, of Long Beach, also charged in the Hawkses'
Machain has not been charged in connection with Jarvi's murder,
and charges are not likely, Murphy said.
"We don't believe Machain had anything to do with that murder,"
Michael Molfetta, the attorney representing Henderson-Deleon in
the Hawkses' murder trial, said Friday that he knew the charges were
being sought for Skylar Deleon and would likely be placed against his
"I knew it was coming," Molfetta said.
After a two-day preliminary hearing, a judge Tuesday decided that
the Deleons and Kennedy will stand trial for the murder of the
The three will be arraigned Aug. 30 in Central Court in Santa Ana.
Gardner and Machain are set to appear in court Oct. 7 for a
Lewis waived extradition Friday and was transported to Orange
County Jail. A date for Lewis' arraignment has not been set.
Skylar Deleon and Jennifer Henderson-Deleon will be arraigned on
the new charges at 9 a.m. Monday in Harbor Justice Center in Newport