Woman tells Dr. Phil she didn't aid accused killer*

Rachel Buffett, whose former fiance is suspected of killing two college students in 2010, tells her side of the story.

February 06, 2013|By Lauren Williams

A community theater actress accused of covering for her former fiance after he allegedly killed two college students proclaimed her innocence during Tuesday's episode of "Dr. Phil."

Rachel Buffett, 25, of Long Beach has pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to murder after the fact in the May 2010 deaths of Sam Herr, 26, of Costa Mesa and Juri "Julie Kibuishi, 23, of Irvine.

Prosecutors allege that she lied to police about key details following the crimes in hopes of protecting accused killer Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 28, of Costa Mesa.

Talk show host Phillip McGraw zeroed in on alleged inconsistencies in the information Buffett gave police after Wozniak was arrested on suspicion of killing his neighbor, Herr, and then luring Kibuishi with text messages sent from Herr's phone to Herr's apartment, where she was killed and her body staged to look like she had been the victim of sexual assault.


McGraw, who told Buffett that he knew she was an actress and implored her to tell the truth, asked why she falsely told investigators that she saw a man with a black hat the night Herr was murdered and that Herr had family problems.

Buffett explained that she got the bad information from Wozniak and merely repeated it to police.

"I trusted him, and I trusted what he said was true," she told McGraw.

"She implicitly believed the man she was going to marry," Buffett's defense attorney, Ajna Devi Sharma-Wilson, told the talk show host.

The attorney said she did not coach her client before appearing on "Dr. Phil" beyond telling her to tell the truth.

Buffett was also asked why she told police she went home after appearing in a play in Fullerton with Wozniak and then went to sleep in their Costa Mesa apartment the night Herr was murdered. McGraw pointed out that she sent Kibuishi a Facebook message when she was supposedly sleeping.

Buffett explained that she told police she could not remember exactly what she did that night and that she spoke in generalities, saying that she usually goes home in the evening, pops in a movie and goes to sleep.

Buffett told the Daily Pilot in a previous interview that she was asleep the night Wozniak allegedly left their apartment, lured Herr to the military reserve base in Los Alamitos, shot him, and then spread parts of his decapitated body in a Long Beach park.

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