COSTA MESA, Calif. - Police arrested the ex-fiancee of a stage actor charged with beheading a neighbor, scattering his body parts in a park and killing the neighbor's friend two years ago.
Rachel Buffet, of Long Beach, was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of being an accessory to murder after the fact, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/Y3K00u ). She was being held on $1 million bail.
Buffett, 25, had been a suspect since the start of the investigation, according to Costa Mesa Police Lt. Paul Dondero.
"She was never out of our focus," he said.
Investigators did not detail Buffet's alleged involvement in the killings.
Her fiance, Daniel Wozniak, of Costa Mesa, faces two felony counts of special circumstances murder and other charges in the killings.
Wozniak, a noted community actor, is accused of shooting Samuel Herr, 26, twice in the head on May 21, 2010. Prosecutors said Wozniak then dismembered his neighbor's body, leaving the torso at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base and scattering the limbs and head in another Long Beach park.
Wozniak is also accused of shooting Juri Kibuishi, 23, after summoning her with a text message on Herr's phone, then removing her clothes to fake a sexual assault. Her body was found May 22, 2010, by Herr's father.
The motive was financial, prosecutors said.
Police detained a 17-year-old boy after he withdrew nearly $2,000 from Herr's bank account, investigators said. The teen told police he was making the withdrawals for Wozniak.
The boy led police to Wozniak, 28, who was later arrested at his bachelor party in Huntington Beach. He remains in jail.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.
Police also arrested Wozniak's brother, Timothy Wozniak, 38, on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact to the crime, the Times reported.
Dondero said he wouldn't eliminate the possibility of more arrests.
Wozniak once starred in the lead role as Guido Contini in the musical "Nine" at the Hunger Artists Theatre Company in Fullerton. Buffet starred alongside him in that production. The couple had also performed together in a musical at the Orange County Theater Co.