NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA)   CBS2/KCAL9 cameras were rolling Thursday outside the home of Samuel Lincoln Woodward, now a suspect in the murder of his friend, 19-year-old college student Blaze Bernstein.

“Can you tell us what happened to Blaze?” Woodward was asked.

One day after trying to hide his face and evade questions, Woodward was arrested, around 1:15 Friday, as a suspect in the killing.

Woodward, a high school friend of the victim’s, was taken into custody after authorities said they matched DNA evidence to Woodward at the crime scene.

“We were able to today, through our crime lab, confirm evidence collected, through DNA that tied Mr. Woodward to Mr. Bernstein,” said Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes.

Friends who knew them both are asking one question. Why?

Detectives said a conversation on Snapchat led the 19-year-old victim to meet up with 20-year-old Woodward at a Lake Forest park over a week ago.

The two attended the Orange County School of the Arts together.

Woodward told detectives that Bernstein walked into the woods that night and failed to return.

Investigators said they thought Woodward was being evasive and acted nervous during questioning. They also noted scratches on his hands and dirt under his fingernails. They said he made a point of trying to avoid touching anything and said he went to his girlfriend’s home after Bernstein left him.

Detectives reportedly were not able to get a last name or address for the girlfriend.

KCAL9’s Stacey Butler said several things were learned Friday evening from Woodward’s social media footprint.

On one site, he defended the Confederate flag, saying it was a symbol or Southern pride and not hate.

On another site, he was asked what two things he would want if stranded on a deserted island and he said “The Bible and a Colt .45.”

If he could learn a new skill, Woodward replied “Waterboarding.”

If he was joking or not is unclear, but when asked about his attitudes toward human cloning, he had a terse reply

“Just one of me in the world is already bad enough,” he wrote.

An anonymous poster wrote, “You are violence. It scares me.”

Woodward replied, “I wouldn’t fight anybody unless they attacked me.”

Bernstein’s parents are too devastated to talk on camera, but his mother posted a Tweet Friday evening.

“Revenge is empty. It will never bring back my son. My only hopes are that he will never have the opportunity to hurt anyone else again and that something meaningful can come from the senseless act of Blaze’s murder. Now Do Good for Blaze Bernstein.”

It’s been reported that Bernstein’s funeral will be held Monday.

Comments (18)
  1. Parents shouldn’t bury their kids. Samuel Woodward should be fried if guilty.

  2. Robert Crook says:

    CBS Los Angeles was irresponsible in their reporting of the suspect’s social media, cherry picking details that were certain to inflame people. Did Bernstein’s remains show signs of waterboarding? Was he shot with a Colt 45? Was his body wrapped in a Confederate flag? NO?? So what is the relevance of these details if not to prejudice the suspect’s defense by dredging up his positions on three polarizing issues?

  3. Marg Coates says:

    DNA? I read a couple articles on yahoo and one said that the DNA came from a sleeping bag. I’m just guessing on how both their DNA samples got in one sleeping bag. Hummmm Another said that Bernstein was an out gay man to his friends. Sounds to me like he may have met a “new friend” at college and came home from his very first semester away from home to tell “old friend” that he was being dumped! After a bit of nookie in the bag at the park first! That seems it was a big mistake & the “old friend” did not take it well!

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