[UPDATED with Charges, Arraignment Details:] Rachel Mae Buffett, Ex-Fiancee of Double-Murder Suspect Daniel Wozniak, Held
|Rachel Mae Buffett|
Bail has been set at $1 million for Rachel Mae Buffett, 25, of Irvine, according to a Costa Mesa Police Department statement.
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Buffett, who was scheduled to marry Daniel Wozniak within the week of his arrest, "has been within the focus of this on-going investigation over the past two years, and has been previously contacted and interviewed by detectives," reads a statement from Lt. Paul Dondero of the Costa Mesa Police Investigations Bureau.
"Detectives compared information obtained in those interviews, with information gleaned from interviews of other witnesses, as well as additionally aspects of the investigation, and determined the was probable cause to arrest Rachel Buffett as an accessory after the fact in this murder case," Dondero continues. "Specific information regarding her involvement is not being released, and the case against her will be presented to the District Attorney's office."
|Sammy Herr, R.I.P.|
Late the same night Herr was murdered, Kibuishi was dining with her brother when she received a text from her friend Herr's cell phone number asking the Irvine resident to come over to his apartment because he was having relationship problems.
|Julie Kibuishi, R.I.P.|
As police searched for Herr, they discovered transactions with his bank card were being made at ATMs throughout Long Beach. A 17-year-old boy was later caught using the card, and he told investigators Wozniak put him up to it. The part-time Orange County theater actor was arrested May 26, 2010, at his bachelor party in a Huntington Beach restaurant.
District Attorney Tony Rackauckas convened a death penalty advisory committee before announcing his office's decision to seek capital punishment for Wozniak.
UPDATE, NOV. 29, 12:38 P.M.: Rachel Mae Buffett is scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Ana Friday morning on three felony counts of accessory after the fact, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).
Buffett, whose pending wedding to Daniel Patrick Wozniak was canceled due to his arrest for two murders a week before the scheduled ceremony, "is accused of lying to [Costa Mesa Police] officers, propagating the false story that Wozniak told police about Herr having problems with his family, with the intent to assist Wozniak avoid and escape from arrest, trial, conviction, and punishment for the felony."
Conviction could land Buffett in state prison for three years and 8 months, the OCDA says.
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