Crime & Justice

Jury recommends death penalty in Orange County double killing, dismemberment case

An Orange County panel deliberated about an hour before recommending death Monday for 31-year-old Daniel Wozniak, convicted of murder last month.
An Orange County panel deliberated about an hour before recommending death Monday for 31-year-old Daniel Wozniak, convicted of murder last month.
via NBC L.A.

A jury is recommending death for a Southern California man who killed two people and dismembered one of them in order to steal money and cover his tracks.

An Orange County panel deliberated about an hour before recommending death Monday for 31-year-old Daniel Wozniak.

Prosecutors say Wozniak was debt-ridden in 2010 when he shot a neighbor, Samuel Herr of Costa Mesa, to steal $50,000 the Army veteran had saved from service in Afghanistan.

Prosecutors say Wozniak then used a ruse to kill Herr's friend, Julie Kibuishi, and tried to make it appear Herr had raped and killed her, then fled. He also dumped Herr's dismembered body in a park.

However, the scheme unraveled and Wozniak was arrested days later. He was convicted of murder last month.