After more than 20 days behind bars, a former Disneyland princess charged as an accessory in a double murder case has rejoined her family.
Rachel Mae Buffett, 25, left Orange County Jail around midnight Monday after her family posted $50,000 bond, according to her attorney.
Buffett, who grew up in Seal Beach, is charged with misleading Costa Mesa Police officers during the investigation of her former fiancé, actor Daniel Patrick Wozniak, who is accused of killing two people.
Buffett’s attorney Ajna Sharma-Wilson said her client is glad to be home. Sharma-Wilson, along with Buffett's family members, say that Buffett knew nothing of the murders
“She’s feeling ok,” said Sharma-Wilson. “She’s happy to be back with her family again. She’s very thankful for her family and community for supporting her during this."
Sharma-Wilson said that she feels Rachel is “in essence, collateral damage of Dan Wozniak.”
Wozniak faces the death penalty if convicted of murdering and dismembering his neighbor Samuel Herr in a Los Alamitos Theater in order to gain access to his bank account and then killing the man’s friend, Juri “Julie” Kibuishi, in an elaborate ploy to cover up his crime.
He is also accused of taking parts of Herr's body and hiding them around Long Beach's El Dorado Park, where they were found after his arrest.
Buffett is due back in court at 8 a.m. Thursday in Santa Ana.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy, who is handling the Buffett case, said he didn’t want to risk trying his “case in the media" especially not before the preliminary hearing on Thursday.
“My only comment is we have every confidence in the case,” Murphy said.
According to a previous statement from the D.A.'s office, Buffett fabricated a story about Herr, 27, having family problems to throw suspicion off Wozniak and help him “avoid and escape from arrest, trial, conviction and punishment for the felony."
However, her family and her attorney have repeatedly said Buffett had no knowledge of the murders before police contacted her.
Arrested Nov. 20, Buffett pleaded not guilty in court on Dec. 3.
Buffett faces three felony counts of accessory after the fact. If convicted, she would face a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in state prison.
Buffett, an actress who grew up in Seal Beach, worked as a princess at Medieval Times and played several characters at Disneyland, including Princess Ariel and Alice from Alice in Wonderland.