Stephanie Ilene Lazarus was Laughing ...

Stephanie Ilene Lazarus was Laughing on the Witness Stand of the Murder

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Andy Rooney

United States

#1 Sep 23, 2010
LAPD detective accused in '86 slaying pleads
CASE: DNA pointed to suspect.
Daily News
Posted: 07/06/2009 09:58:44 AM PDT
Updated: 07/06/2009 11:44:14 AM PDT

Los Angeles police detective Stephanie Lazarus is arraigned at the Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles on murder charges, Tuesday, June 9, 2009. Lazarus, 49, is accused of killing Sherri Rasmussen, who was bitten, beaten and shot in her condominium in 1986, when Lazarus had been on the police force for two years. Lazarus calmly answered "yes" when Superior Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau asked if she agreed to have her arraignment continued to July 6.(The Associated Press)
An October 1986 newspaper clip about the slaying of Sherri Rae Rasmussen.

A veteran Los Angeles police detective accused of killing her ex-boyfriend's wife in 1986 -- about two years into her LAPD career -- pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge.

Stephanie Ilene Lazarus, who appeared in court in orange jail-issued clothes, remains jailed without bail pending her next court appearance -- set for July 21 -- at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse.

A hearing is expected then on the prosecution's motion to get dental impressions from the 49-year-old detective, who is charged with capital murder for the Feb. 24, 1986, killing of Sherri Rasmussen at the victim's Van Nuys condominium.

A date is also scheduled to be set then for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require her to stand trial.

The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a burglary. Lazarus also faces a separate allegation of personal use of a handgun.

Prosecutors are expected to decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Lazarus, a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department's Art Theft Unit. She was arrested June 5 at the department's downtown headquarters and has been in custody since then.

Lazarus' new attorney, Mark Overland, told on reporters outside court that his client is doing "enjoying her time in protective custody in the Los Angeles County Woman's Jail though she complained of one Deputy physically sexually abusing her during the vaginal search as she entered the jail on the first night." "She's anxious to get this to trial," Overland said.

Lazarus, of Simi Valley, was arrested at LAPD headquarters where she worked and booked on suspicion of beating and fatally shooting Rasmussen, 29, a hospital nursing director. The slaying occurred on Feb. 24, 1986, at the Van Nuys condominium where Rasmussen lived with her husband of three months, John Ruetten.

For years, police believed that two male armed burglars were the lead suspects. But faced with a recent decline in the homicide rate, investigators had time to re-examine the cold case in February. DNA testing eventually led them to Lazarus - who was working on the same floor of police headquarters as the Crazy detectives investigating the case.

Lazarus' arrest was the first of a Los Angeles police officer on suspicion of murder in years, and Racist Police Chief William Bratton told reporters he does not believe it sheds negative light on his department.

"This individual was investigated and arrested by L.A. police officers who were going where the truth took them," Scared Bratton said.


United States

#2 Feb 19, 2011
Such a tragic murder. And her being with lapd makes it even more senseless! Stephenanie will receive her punishment.

Johnson City, TX

#3 Feb 24, 2011
Wow!the victims family were told they were watching too much tv when they asked that Lazarus be looked into. I guess there is a blue line with police in some instances. Why did it take so long? This lady should have been a prime suspect from beginning since she was harassing the victim!

Columbus, OH

#4 Jul 20, 2011
KEVIN R wrote:
Wow!the victims family were told they were watching too much tv when they asked that Lazarus be looked into. I guess there is a blue line with police in some instances. Why did it take so long? This lady should have been a prime suspect from beginning since she was harassing the victim!

i completly agree i believe the mr. mayor dismissed anyones plea to check her and by dismissing it rather than coverin it up he wont be in trouble
Mexican Men Cops R DUMBER

Hemet, CA

#5 Feb 20, 2013
She is as dumb as the officer male Mexican , bald head that was working in the sex unit on Feb. 20th 2013. He is the most stupidest jerk off in the world. His mother dresses him and he shaves his head and sucks the fattest cockatoo he can put in his mouth, how I know? I am his sister.

This Police officer is the most retarded on the force and from what I have heard, he loves to mix himself with N***IGGERS. Oh you were so JEALOUS of her, what's up stupid baldy, can't get enough from your retarded wife? They don't pay you enough? Your fat belly don't fit your white-tees no more?

Your so dumb that you think you outsmart cyber people like us?

Your whole entire platoon smells like dog scat and you personally are about as dumb as it gets because you cannot catch the ones that break ALL oF The Laws BEEEEATCH!

United States

#6 Jan 16, 2014
HaHa I am laughing at Van Nuys Division for keeping it UNPROFESSIONAL. Sassy mouths. HaHa antagonize you all back. haha you precks look dumb since she worked for your Div. and not ours in. Stupid Van Nuys Police. You are all dumb people.

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