A young woman is shot dead in a friend's apartment. Police thought her killer was on the run ... or was he? "48 Hours" investigates in"Killer Performance,"airing Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9/8c on CBS.
On Friday, May 21, 2010, Julie Kibuishi, 23, left dinner with her brother in Long Beach, Calif. She drove to Costa Mesa to comfort a friend, Sam Herr, who she thought was having family problems.
Sam Herr, 26, had served three years in the military and recently returned from Afghanistan.
How Sam and Julie met
Like Julie Kibuishi, Sam Herr was a student at Orange Coast College. She was tutoring him for Anthropology class.
Around midnight, Julie texted her brother she had made it to Sam's apartment in the Camden Martinique complex. As she waited to be let in, she texted Sam's phone: "hey buddy where are you? Im [sic] freezing." It was the last anyone would hear from her.
On Saturday morning, Julie's mother, June Kibuishi, noticed the door to Julie's room was open. Julie hadn't come home.
Unable to reach Julie
Family and friends' worry grew as their texts and phone calls to Julie went unanswered. June Kibuishi called police and reported her missing.
Sam's family worries
Across town, Steve and Raquel Herr were also worried. Their son, Sam, hadn't shown up for a planned visit that day. Sam wasn't picking up his phone either, so Steve decided to check on him.
Finding the body
Upon entering Sam's apartment, Steve thought the place looked "clean." Then in the bedroom, he discovered the body of a young woman and frantically called 911.
Signs of sexual assault
Officers identified the victim as Julie Kibuishi. Her jeans had been cut and pulled down. Written on her sweater were the words: "All Yours, F-- You."
Costa Mesa, Calif., Detectives Jose Morales, Ed Everett and Mike Cohen tell "48 Hours: they initially thought Julie Kibuishi was killed because she was involved in a love triangle.
Telling Julie's parents
Investigators broke the news to Julie's grieving parents, Masa and June Kibuishi, who, in turn, had to tell Julie's siblings the heartbreaking news.
The hunt for Sam Herr
Sam Herr became the main suspect in the case. Police believed he was on the run and created this information bulletin.
Steve Herr alerted detectives to activity on Sam's bank accounts. Money was being withdrawn daily from an ATM in Long Beach.
A local actor
The individual making the withdrawals told police he was helping Daniel Wozniak. Wozniak and his fiancée, Rachel Buffett, were local actors popular in the community theater scene.
On May 26, 2010, investigators arrested Wozniak as an accessory to murder. Wozniak admitted to credit card fraud and said he had helped Sam escape and was getting money for him because Sam threatened him. But his story would quickly change. The truth about what had happened to Sam and Wozniak's role would be revealed.
"Nothing was as it seemed… Even the most demented Hollywood writers would not have dreamed up an ending like this," the prosecutor assigned to this case, Matt Murphy, told "48 Hours.