NEWPORT BEACH – A man awaiting trial on two murder cases, including that of a couple thrown alive into the sea before their yacht was stolen, denied Monday soliciting the deaths of two witnesses, including his father. Skylar Deleon, 27, entered his plea before Orange County Superior Court Judge Craig Robison, who set an Oct. 6 preliminary hearing on the witness-murder solicitation charges. The former child actor, who appeared as an extra in the “Power Rangers” television series, wiped away tears during the court proceeding. The Long Beach resident was charged Friday with soliciting the slayings of his father, John Jacobson, and his first-cousin, Mike Lewis. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesHe is alleged to have asked a fellow inmate in January 2005 to kill Jacobson, who is scheduled to be a witness in his son’s Jan. 29 trial for allegedly killing 57-year-old retired probation officer Thomas Hawks and his 47-year-old wife, Jackie. Also charged with murder in that case are Deleon’s wife, Jennifer Henderson Deleon, and another man, John F. Kennedy, 40, of Long Beach. The Arizona couple were never seen again after departing on a test run for a prospective buyer of their 55-foot cabin cruiser, Well Deserved, on Nov. 29, 2004. Prosecutors allege the couple were handcuffed, tied to an anchor and dumped into the ocean. Two others, Alonso Machain, 22, of Pico Rivera, and Myron Gardner, 42, of Long Beach are also charged in connection with the slayings, but their cases are severed. Machain provided to police testimony used against Deleon in connection with the Hawkses’ deaths.