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Woman who allegedly helped fiance with killings maintains innocence

December 12, 2012 | 10:09 am

A woman authorities say helped her then-fiance after he allegedly killed two people said at a news conference Tuesday night that she is "completely innocent."

Rachel Mae Buffett, 25, addressed the media at her brother's Long Beach wine bar flanked by her brothers, sister and mother. She declared her innocence and vowed to assist Costa Mesa police in their ongoing investigation into the May 2010 killings of two Orange Coast College students.

"I will meet them anywhere, anytime," Buffett said. "I'm very compliant."

Police and prosecutors have said that Buffett helped her then-fiance Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 28, after he killed Samuel Herr, 26, his neighbor in the Camden Martinique apartments, and Herr's friend and tutor Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23. Authorities say Buffett lied to police after the slayings, telling police Herr had family problems when he did not.

Authorities said that Herr was killed at a Los Alamitos military base and later dismembered, and that Kibuishi was killed at Herr's apartment, her body positioned in such a way to make authorities believe she had been sexually assaulted.

In a previous interview with the Daily Pilot from jail, Buffett described both victims as "so sweet" and said she continues to grieve for them.

"I'm really sorry such evil has occurred," Buffett said.

In addressing the charges facing her former fiance, Buffett said: "I'm glad that I don't have to do the sentencing.

"I think that they're very justified in going for the death penalty," Buffett said.

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-- Lauren Williams, Times Community News

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