By Leslie Larson. A pair of California lovers have been named the prime suspects in the gruesome killings of a female college student and an Afghanistan war veteran whose body was dismembered and his head and limbs strewn across a park. Rachel Buffett and fiance Daniel Wozniak, who are stars on the local community theater circuit, are accused of colluding to plan and carry out the horrific murders of year-old Samuel Eliezer Herr and year-old Juri 'Julie' Kibuishi in May Police arrested Wozniak on May 26, at his bachelor party, two days before he was set to wed Buffett.
Earlier this week, more than two years after the killings, Buffett was arrested and charged as an accessory to the murders. Wozniak, pictured with his fiance Rachel Buffett in a play a month before he killed two people, said he carried out the murders for money.
Charged: Daniel Wozniak left was arrested in as the prime suspect in the murders of two acquaintances but now police have charged his fiancee Rachel Buffett right as an accessory. He allegedly shot Herr twice in the head and left the body, taking the victim's ATM card, wallet and cell phone. It is believed that he used Herr's cell phone to text the deceased man's friend and college classmate, Kibuishi, a year-old student at Orange Coast College, to ask her to come to Herr's apartment.
The messages sent indicated that Herr was experiencing 'family problems' and said that he 'just needed a girl's shoulder to cry on,' the victim's brother, Taka Kibuishi, told the media in Once she arrived at his apartment, in the Camden Martinique apartment complex in Costa Mesa, investigators say Wozniak allegedly shot her twice in the head and removed some of her clothing, to make it appear that she had been sexually assaulted.
Center of attention: Daniel Wozniak center, starring in a community theater show in before his arrest for double homicide. Wozniak also resided at the Camden Martinique apartment complex in Costa Mesa. Kibuishi's family affirmed that she did know Wozniak but intimated they were only casual acquaintances.
After allegedly killing the woman, investigators say he returned to find Herr's body and cut off his head, left arm, right hand and threw the limbs along the El Dorado Park in Long Beach. Victim: Police say Wozniak shot military veteran year-old Samuel Eliezer Herr in May , dismembered his body and scattered his limbs at a park in Costa Mesa.
Gone but not forgotten: Friends remembered Juri 'Julie' Kibuishi as a beautiful bright young woman. Tragic: The year-old, Juri 'Julie' Kibuishi pictured back right, in an undated photo , was brutally murdered in May of Senseless: Police believe Daniel Wozniak lured Kibuishi pictured to an apartment in Costa Mesa, by text messaging and killed her once she arrived.
The year-old Wozniak has been charged with two felony counts of special circumstances murders, including multiple counts of murders, murder for financial gain and the personal discharge of a firearm causing death.
Orange County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Accused: year-old Rachel Buffett left has been arrested on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact. Police had previously arrested Wozniak's brother, Tim, and Buffett's brother, Noah, allegedly they had assisted in carrying out the crime but both were released and were not charged.
Police say that Rachel Buffett, 25, had been a suspect since the investigation into the crime began, according to Costa Mesa Police Lt. Paul Dondero. Wozniak and Buffett had both participated in local community theater at the Hunger Artists Theatre Company in Fullerton. Wozniak starred the theater's production of 'Nine' in the spring of , playing the lead role as Guido Contini, and Buffett joined her fiancee on stage for the production. Police say Wozniak appeared on stage for performances in between the gruesome killings.
Wozniak allegedly posed as Herr to lure Kibuishi to Herr's apartment. Amateur actor 'shot dead and beheaded war vet before getting actress fiancee to help scatter limbs in park - then he gunned down victim's female friend' By Leslie Larson Published: GMT, 23 November Updated: GMT, 23 November e-mail 2 View comments.
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