LATEST: Former child actor SKYLAR DELEON, who is already facing trial for hijacking a yacht and murdering the owners by throwing them overboard, has been charged in a second murder case.

Deleon, 26, who once appeared in the MIGHTY MORPHIN' POWER RANGERS TV series, now stands accused of luring JON PETER JARVI to Mexico in December 2003, slitting his throat and leaving his body by the side of a road.

His wife, JENNIFER, and cousin MICHAEL WILLIAM LEWIS, both 24, were charged with helping conceal the murder.

Police linked Deleon to Jarvi's unsolved murder after finding that he had been incarcerated with the one-time child actor at California's Seal Beach City Jail in 2003, says Orange County Deputy District Attorney SUSAN SCHROEDER.

Schroeder says that the day before the murder Jarvi had cashed two $25,000 (GBP13,800) cheques and made a phone call to Deleon.

Two hours after the call, she says, Deleon spent $18,000 (GBP10,000) in new $100 bills at a boatyard and deposited $21,000 (GBP11,600) into a joint account with his wife. He also bought a $2,200 (GBP1,220) wedding band for her, according to Schroeder.

The charges were announced just three days after the Deleons were ordered to stand trial for the murders of California couple THOMAS and JACKIE HAWKS, who vanished in November (04) and whose bodies have never been found.

Prosecutors say the Deleons posed as interested buyers of the luxury yacht and convinced the Hawks to take the vessel on a test run.

Miles off the coast of Newport Beach, prosecutors say Thomas and Jackie Hawks were attacked with a stun gun, handcuffed and gagged with duct tape, before being tied to the boat's anchor and thrown overboard.