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Ex-LAPD Detective Killed Wife of Ex-Boyfriend; Court Deferred Parole which seems to Send a Special Message to the Public

Ex-LAPD Detective Killed Wife of Ex-Boyfriend; Court Deferred Parole which seems to Send a Special Message to the Public

Parole for a former Los Angeles police detective, who is currently serving a sentence of 27 years to life for the cold-case slaying of her ex-boyfriend’s wife in 1986, was postponed this week.

In 2012, Stephanie Lazarus was found guilty of the murder of Sherri Rasmussen, a young nurse who tragically lost her life in her own home.

In November, a select committee of the state Board of Parole Hearings concluded that Lazarus met the eligibility criteria for parole. After reviewing the case, the full board made a decision on Monday to proceed with a rescission hearing. They have referred the case to a lower panel to carefully consider whether to rescind the earlier recommendation.

The sisters and widower of Rasmussen provided heartfelt testimony during Monday’s hearing, expressing their anguish and portraying Lazarus as a deceitful criminal who manipulated her police training to conceal the murder.

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Lazarus, who is currently 63 years old and serving time southeast of Los Angeles, maintained her innocence throughout her trial. However, during a recent parole suitability hearing on Nov. 16, she publicly acknowledged her involvement in the 1986 killing. This admission was witnessed by two of her relatives who were present at the hearing.

During the family’s first interview about the decision, Connie Rasmussen, Sherri Rasmussen’s older sister, expressed her disappointment with Lazarus’ lack of apology to the relatives and her apparent downplaying of the seriousness of the crime. Lazarus mentioned that she hadn’t intended to kill Sherri when she went to the Van Nuys condo on Feb. 24, 1986.

Ruetten expressed his skepticism to the board regarding Lazarus’ remorse, referring to him simply as “the inmate.” According to him, she was involved in a cunning act of deception and only admitted to the crime during a hearing last year with the motive of securing parole.

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