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Costa Mesa Police Detectives Cracking a Double Homicide
Several police detectives from the Costa Mesa Police Department got more than their 15 minutes of fame on January 15 when NBC’s Dateline, the number one rated show on Friday nights, dedicated a two-hour program to a 2010 crime committed in Orange County. The methodical, detailed and tenacious pursuit of a suspect by these officers was a focal point of the popular true-crime show.
Dateline profiled the double murder case of Daniel Patrick Wozniak, who, after more than five years of court hearings, on January 11, 2016, was convicted of two first-degree murder charges and sentenced to the death penalty. The then 26-year-old Wozniak was a fledgling actor in community theater who was quickly gaining a name for himself in local theater circles.
The Dateline show took the audience step-by-step through the exemplary work conducted by Lieutenant Ed Everett, and Detectives Michael Delgadillo, Michael Cohen, and Jose Morales, who tracked down and interrogated Wozniak to surface a bizarre confession regarding the deaths of Army veteran Sam Herr and his Costa Mesa college classmate Juri “Julie” Kibuishi. The case was also supported by assistance from the Long Beach Police Department, the FBI, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
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