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2 more arrests in decapitation killing of college student, friend

February 25, 2012 |  7:46 am

Image: Family photo of Samuel Herr taken in  2009. Credit: Handout Prosecutors on Friday announced charges against two people suspected of being accessories after the fact in a complicated double-murder case that rattled a Costa Mesa apartment complex in May 2010.

The suspects were arrested and charged in connection with the slaying of college student Samuel Herr, 26, of Costa Mesa and Herr's friend, Irvine resident Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23. An actor has been charged in their killings.

Police, however, have declined to publicly name the new suspects or describe their alleged roles in the case.

"The release of more information at this stage of the ongoing investigation may compromise witnesses and/or may jeopardize the possible arrest of any additionally involved persons," Costa Mesa police Lt. Tim Schennum wrote in an email.

Those arrested are not believed to have participated in or planned the murders, said Costa Mesa police Lt. Paul Dondero.

"Someone had the opportunity to contact the police or knew there was evidence of a crime and failed to do so," Dondero said of the arrested suspects.

Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 27, who worked as a community playhouse actor, faces the death penalty in the case. Prosecutors allege that Wozniak killed Herr, his neighbor at the Camden Martinique apartment complex on Pinecreek Drive, after luring him to the military base in Los Alamitos.

Wozniak, prosecutors allege, then killed Kibuishi at Herr's apartment. The scene was made to look like a sexual assault so authorities would suspect Herr of Kibuishi's murder, prosecutors contend.

Herr's body was dismembered. Body parts -- including Herr's severed head --  were eventually found scattered in a park in Long Beach, according to the  Daily Pilot.

Herr was an Afghanistan war veteran and Orange Coast College student. Kibuishi also attended OCC.

Wozniak has pleaded not guilty.


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Photo: Samuel Herr in  2009. Credit: Handout