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.

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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.

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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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