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Skylar Deleon 'Power Ranger' Yacht Killing Case Underway

08 October 2008 @ 05:53 am AEST

The trial of Skylar Deleon, former child actor on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, accused of tying a Los Angeles couple to an anchor on their yacht and dumping them at sea, began on Tuesday.

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Skylar, originally named John Jacobson Jr, was charged with murder of, Thomas and Jackie Hawks in 2005, a retired couple from California.

Deleon, 29, and two accomplices pretended to be prospective buyers interested in buying the Hawks' yacht for $440,000, according to the Associated Press.

The couple disappeared after taking Deleon on a "test run", which prosecutors say he forced the couple to sign over ownership of the boat before tying them to an anchor and throwing them overboard. The bodies of the victims have never been found.

The Hawks had planned to sell to spend more time with their grandson in Arizona.

The trials of two others who allegedly conspired with Deleon, Alonso Machain and Myron Gardner, are pending.

Skylar's former wife, Jennifer Henderson, was convicted on the same charges in 2006 for her role in the couple's disappearance. She was sentenced to two terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Deleon is also accused of killing 45-year-old John Jarvi, of Anaheim, in December 2003. He has pleaded not guilty to this charge as well.

Deleon was once a child actor. A listing for Deleon on the Internet Movie Database Web site says he appeared in one 1994 episode of the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" TV show. He is not listed in the program's regular cast.

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