Former LAPD detective sentenced to 27 years

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer May 13, 2012 | 10:49 p.m. Former LAPD detective that was convicted of murder last March was sentence Friday by Judge Robert Perry to 27 years to life. Stephanie Lazarus, 52, has been incarcerated in the Los Angeles County jail since her 2009 arrest for the 1986 murder of [...]

Former LAPD Detective, Lazarus, found guilty of 1986 Rasmussen murder

Rasmussen family attorney John Taylor addressing media after guilty verdict, March 8, 2012

By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer March 8, 2012 | 5:52 p.m. PST LOS ANGELES – On Thursday afternoon, in a standing room only court, former LAPD detective, Stephanie Lazarus was found guilty of the 1986 murder of Sherri Rasmussen. The sobs of Rasmussen’s mother and sister can be heard, as the Los Angeles Sherriff’s [...]

Catching Rasmussen’s killer: a time line of the investigation

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Time line from investigation to People v. Stephanie Lazarus Streetgangs.com Staff March 2, 2012 | 1:19 a.m. PST updated: March 8, 2012 | 2:41 p.m. 1978 – Stephanie Lazarus (b. 1960 – ) begins her studies at UCLA where she meets John Ruetten (b. 1959 – ) and begins a romantic relationship. 1981 – John [...]

Prosecution presents last witness in Lazarus murder trial

Suspects that the LAPD thought killed Sherri Rasmussen in 1986

By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer February 26, 2012 | 10:53 p.m. PST LOS ANGELES — The case of the People of the State of California v. Stephanie Lazarus has looked like the Los Angeles Police versus one of their own. Of the 53 witnesses that the prosecution presented over the course of 13 days, [...]

Stephanie Lazarus trial update: witness Stacy Vanderschaaf (Day 6)

Streetgangs.com Staff February 21,2012 | 10:08 p.m. PST LOS ANGELES — Last Tuesday, LAPD Criminalist Stacy Vanderschaaf testified in the murder trial of Stephanie Lazarus. She told the jury that she was responsible for packaging evidence, gathered from the scene where Sherri Rasmussen was killed to be mailed to an outside agency, SERI (Serological Research [...]

No finger prints but jury sees interrogation video of Lazarus

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer February 19, 2012 | 11:10 p.m. PST On Friday morning, LAPD latent fingerprint expert George Herrera testified about examining prints that were lifted from Sherri Rasmussen’s homicide scene in 1986. Deputy District Attorney Paul Nuñez called Herrera who conducted fingerprint comparisons in an effort to identify a possible assailant [...]

Widower testifies about finding dead wife after murder

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer February 15, 2012 | 12:34 p.m. PST LOS ANGELES — A packed courtroom showed up to hear testimony of the widower, once married to Sherri Rasmussen on Wednesday morning. Rasmussen was murdered in 1986 and Ruetten’s ex-girfriend, Stephanie Lazarus, has been charged with her murder. Ruetten has remained relatively [...]

Stephanie Lazurus trial update: witness Milena Srbova (Day 6)

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Streetgangs.com Staff February 15, 2012 | 1:01 p.m. PST Milena Srbova, a criminalist for the LAPD, testified on Tuesday in the trial of Stephanie Lazarus. Srbova told the jury that she picked up the bite mark swab from the coroner’s office on December 30, 2004 and delivered it an LAPD crime lab freezer awaiting analysis [...]

Stephanie Lazurus trial update: witness Dr. Cathy Law (Day 6)

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Streetgangs.com Staff February 15, 2012 | 12:34 p.m. PST After hearing three days of DNA testimony from Jennifer Francis, Deputy District Attorney Shannon Presby called Dr. Cathy Law on Tuesday, in the murder trial of Stephanie Lazarus. Dr. Law is the chief forensic dentist at the Los Angeles Coroner’s office and she testified that she [...]

DNA expert excludes all evidence from Lazarus except bite mark

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer February 14, 2012 | 11:45 p.m. PST Testimony continued in the murder trial of Stephanie Lazarus, the LAPD detective accused of murdering Sherri Rasmussen in 1986. According to prosecutors, Lazarus murdered Rasmussen in a jealous rage shortly after she married her ex-boyfriend John Ruetten. On Tuesday morning, DNA expert, [...]

Stephanie Lazurus trial update: witness Dante Palacio (Day 4)

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Streetgangs.com Staff February 12, 2012 | 4:50 p.m. PST On Thursday, Det. Dante Palacio of the Los Angeles Police Department, testified in the Stephanie Lazarus murder trial. He was assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau that conducts internal investigations of other LAPD officers and in 2009, the department was looking at Lazarus as a possible [...]

Stephanie Lazurus trial update: witness Roberto Morales (Day 4)

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Streetgangs.com Staff February 12, 2012 | 3:40 9.m. PST On Thursday, Det. Roberto Morales of the Los Angeles Police Department, testified in the Stephanie Lazarus murder trial. In 2009, LAPD investigators began to look at Lazarus as a person of interest in the 1986 murder of Sherri Rasmussen in 2009. In 1986, detective Lyle Mayor [...]

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