Transcript for California Actress Named an Accessory to Alleged Murder
First, we're going to start off with a shocking story. It's out of california. A young california actress police are calling an accessory to murder. Rachel bucket pleaded not guilty she lied to police in 2010. Her former fiance, currently awaiting trial for those crimes. And buffet is speaking out about her arrest. Abbie boudreau has the story. Reporter: Rachel buffet maintains she was duped by her ex-fiance, dan wozniak. Reporter: But they claim she knows the real dan wozniak, is charged with killing two friends and that she was an accessory, covering up the crime. As he sits in jail on murder charges, she's out on bail. It's hard to eat when your stomach is in knots. Reporter: It started in the spring of 2010. Buffet and wozniak, community theater actors, were starring in the play, "nine." But on the same day the couple performs in a play, wozniak lured his neighbor, 26-year-old college student, sam heir, who recently returned from a tour in afghanistan, into the theater and shot him. Wozniak dismembered the body. The motive of the killing, to steal his sales account. Every father who is out there, listening to this, absolutely knows how I feel. Reporter: The night of the murders, herr's father went to his apartment. He found the body of 20-year-old julie, a friend and classmate of herr. She had also been shot. And there was evidence of a sexual assault. But authorities say, wozniak made it look like herr shot her. And then, killed himself. But when cash disappeared from sam herr's bank account, police traced it back to wozniak. Wozniak has pleaded not guilty. And as he sits behind bars awaiting a possible death sentence, buffet is going public, saying the only thing she's guilty of is falling in with the wrong man. Do I have horrible judgment of character? Reporter: For sam herr's father, that's not good enough. Do I believe she's part of this? Absolutely. Reporter: For "good morning america," abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles. Let's bring in "gma" legal analyst, dan abrams. Rachel buffet said she didn't intentionally mislead police. But what's key is what police say she lied about. Police don't think she lied about minor matters here. They think she was helping to point the finger at the victim. And away from her fiance. Remember, they believed that he staged the crime scene to make it look like the victim had committed a crime. Then, the authorities go in and talk to people, interviewing people. And they believe that she, in effect, misled them, directed them intentionallyowards the victim, as opposed to her fiance, to help him evade arrest. And it took police two years to charge her with this crime. Why so long? I don't know. The authorities saying they possibility that she would have been an actual accomplice. She's not charged as an accomplice here. Just for accessory after the fact. They wanted to rule that out first. A little hard to believe it took them two years to rule her out. You have to think maybe there's something new that came forward. As the prosecution, the d.A. Was putting a case together. Maybe they found additional evidence about her. If buffet thought she was aiding an innocent man, would it matt matter? She wouldn't be charged if she was innocent of mind. But authorities clearly believe she was trying to protect him because she knew that he was in very serious trouble here. So, that, definitely, a key part of the crime here is the intent. And he is facing the death penalty. He is. And she's only facing up short of four years in prison. Thanks, dan abrams. We havn investigation
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