Man found guilty of throwing AZ couple overboard with anchor

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Suspect found guilty

PRESCOTT (AP) - A jury has convicted a man of murdering three people, including an Arizona couple who were tied to an anchor and thrown off their yacht in Southern California.

The jury late Monday afternoon found Skylar Deleon guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and special circumstances for financial gain and multiple victims.

His attorney had conceded that Deleon killed the victims but said he should not be put to death. The penalty phase of the trial begins Wednesday.

Tom and Jackie Hawks were thrown from their yacht in 2004 while showing the boat to who they believed was a prospective buyer.

Prosecutors say the third victim was killed in Mexico after he gave Deleon $50,000.