A Costa Mesa man allegedly killed and dismembered an Orange Coast College student who lived in his apartment complex and then killed another student, throwing authorities off his tracks by trying to make the first victim look like a suspect, police said Friday.
Daniel Wozniak, 26, is charged with two counts of murder with sentencing enhancements for doing it for financial gain. The events were described as a bloody scheme to cover up a trail in which he allegedly killed Samuel Herr, 26, and his friend Juri “Julie” Kibuishi, 23, who also attended the college.
Wozniak’s arrest Wednesday represents a dramatic turn in an investigation by Costa Mesa detectives into Kibuishi’s death. An Irvine resident, she was found dead in Herr’s bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head May 22. Herr’s father had gone to his son’s apartment looking for him and discovered Kibuishi’s body.
Herr and Wozniak both lived in the Camden Martinique apartments, 2855 Pinecreek Drive, across from OCC, and reportedly knew each other as neighbors.