A Costa Mesa man accused of killing and dismembering his neighbor and then killing a friend of the victim to throw police off his tracks appeared in Orange County Superior Court on Tuesday, but his arraignment on murder charges was delayed.
Daniel Wozniak, 26, who overnight went from a lead actor at a community playhouse who was about to marry his co-star to a double-murder suspect, faces life without parole if convicted of killing neighbor Samuel Herr, 26, and Herr’s friend Juri “Julie” Kibuishi, 23. He is scheduled to be arraigned June 25 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
Prosecutors allege that on May 21, Wozniak and Herr went to the playhouse at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base, which is where authorities say Wozniak shot and dismembered Herr and stole his ATM card. Wozniak allegedly cut off Herr’s head, left arm and right hand and discarded them at El Dorado Park in Long Beach, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Ed Everett.