March 8th, 2012
06:27 PM ET

Ex-L.A. detective found guilty in 1986 murder of romantic rival

A Los Angeles County jury found a retired police detective guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the 1986 death of an alleged romantic rival who married the detective's college sweetheart.

Stephanie Ilene Lazarus, now 51 and retired after rising through the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department, was accused of beating, biting and shooting to death Sherri Rasmussen, 29, in her townhouse in the suburban San Fernando Valley.

The judge scheduled sentencing for May 4. Lazarus faces 27 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.

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  1. chrissy

    1986? Wth took so long? Damn, another clasic case for a reason our judicial system needs reform. Well at least the victims family might get some closure, if thats even possible!

    March 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AMERICA 1st

    Whats sad is that a cop killed someone out of jealousy. What a poor reason. That cop lady had to have been a total loonytoon!

    March 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ America lst, agreed! Damned stupid if you ask me.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jojo

    Crooked cop? No surprise there... they all are...

    March 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jojo

    @america...... yeah! And she moved up through the what does that tell you?

    March 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SIllyHIppies

    I'm sure there must be some mistake here. Must have had a bad lawyer.

    March 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    26 yrs after the fact? Hardly! Boggles my mind wth took so long.

    March 8, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    Live Free Die Hard

    John McClain NYPD: If you don't tell me what I need to know, I will beat you "in your own house".

    March 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Soapbubble

    I wonder how she felt when she woke up on 5 June 2009 and went about her normal business only to be hit with an interrogation? I love how she stuttered and claimed to not know Sherri when the interview first started and then mentioned that they had a discussion over Mr. Ruetten. Those detectives had ice water in their veins when they brought her in there.

    March 11, 2012 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kim

    I went to high school with Sherri. She was a beautiful, sweet, talented girl. It was hard on her friends/family to lose her. I wonder if Stephanie thinks it was worth it to terrorize, beat, bite and kill such a sweet girl?

    May 20, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |