An Orange County jury this afternoon found onetime theater actor Rachel Buffett guilty of two felony counts of accessory after the fact in a bizarre double 2010 homicide that won international attention.
Daniel Wozniak, Buffett’s boyfriend she planned to marry days after the gruesome crimes, is already sitting on California’s death row inside San Quentin State Prison for the special circumstances murders of Samuel Herr and Julie Kibuishi, two Coast Community College students.
After prosecutor Matt Murphy’s victory, sheriff’s deputies took 31-year-old Buffett, who had been free on $5,000 bail, into custody.
She faces a maximum potential punishment of three years and eight months of incarceration.
Costa Mesa police detectives believe the motive for the slayings was horrific: to raid Herr’s plush saving account to pay for their planned honeymoon cruise.
In this week’s episode of Sleuth, an iHeartRadio original true crime podcast by journalist Linda Sawyer, Buffett’s role in the crimes is discussed by Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, who represented Wozniak.
Both Sawyer and Sanders outline their reasoning for believing Buffett was much more involved in the murders than Murphy alleged in this trial.
Steve Herr, the father of one of the victims, also believes Buffett and “others” were involved in planning the crimes.
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.