More Jail Privileges For Ex-LAPD Detective Charged With Murder

Arrested in '09 for 23-year-old cold case

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Former LAPD detective Stephanie Lazarus will be given more privileges in jail as she prepares to defend herself for murder.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports.

Busted by cold case detectives 23 years after the wife of her former boyfriend was beaten and shot to death, Stephanie Lazarus is now living in a Lynwood jail cell.

As Lazarus hopes to move the case to trial this summer, a judge has granted her more rights to meet with her attorney and review documents and files associated with the case.

Lazarus was arrested in June of 2009, and was tape recorded as detectives who had a DNA match from a bit mark sprang a trap.

The parents of the victim were present in court for the hearing.

Sherrie Rae Rasmussen was 29 and newlywed to Lazarus’s ex-boyfriend when she was killed in 1986.

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