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Cop Who Gunned Down Her Ex-Lover's New Bride Gets 27 Years to Life
Former Los Angeles Police Department detective Stephanie Lazarus appeared emotionless in court this morning as she was handed down her sentence of 27 years to life in state prison for the shooting death of her ex-lover and his new wife in 1986.
Lazarus, 52, was found guilty of the murder of Sherri Rasmussen, 29, in early March. Her sentence was delivered today by Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry, notes City News Service.
The Lazarus case emerged in the headlines when the art theft detective was arrested in 2009, after re-tested DNA evidence linked her to the brutal killing.
Rasmussen, a nurse, was beaten and shot to death inside the Van Nuys condo she shared with her new husband, John Ruetten. Lazarus and Ruetten had once had a brief affair, which he said he had never considered a serious relationship.
DNA evidence from saliva left on the victim in the form of a bitemark was found to be that of Lazarus; at the time of the crime and its original investigation, however, DNA testing was not as sophisticated as it ultimately has become, which kept Lazarus in the clear.
Jailed since her arrest, Lazarus will be eligible for parole in 22 years.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.