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LAPD Detective Faces Preliminary Hearing in '86 Murder Case

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Stephanie Lazarus, "a veteran Los Angeles police detective," faces murder charges with a special circumstance in the "1986 shooting death of Sherri Rasmussen, a hospital nursing director, at the victim's condo in Van Nuys," according to an AP report in the Huffington Post. The 49-year-old was arrested in February, and is scheduled to appear at a hearing today to determine "whether there is enough evidence against her in connection with the decades-old murder of her ex-boyfriend's wife." DNA evidence linked Lazarus to the crime, which also involves her alleged "personal use of a handgun." She "was arrested by detectives who worked across the hall from her," and now could face the death penalty.

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