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Accused killer, lady LAPD cop Stephanie Lazarus, in court -- new photos

The arraignment today in downtown Los Angeles for Stephanie Lazarus has been delayed until July 6, even as her alleged victim's family flew to Los Angeles to meet with police investigators and state their case to the media. Sherri Rasmussen's father Nels has been extremely upset over the way LAPD detectives ignored his insistence back in 1986 that Lazarus should be considered the prime suspect in the brutal slaying of his daughter Sherri

Here are the pool photos taken today by Los Angeles Times photographer Mark Boster. She does not look quite as strange as she does in the photos taken by Kevin Scanlon for LA Weekly's People Issue earlier this spring, but she certainly looks stressed and somber.

Accused killer, lady LAPD cop Stephanie Lazarus, in court -- new photos
Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

Accused killer, lady LAPD cop Stephanie Lazarus, in court -- new photos
Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

Accused killer, lady LAPD cop Stephanie Lazarus, in court -- new photos
Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

Accused killer, lady LAPD cop Stephanie Lazarus, in court -- new photos
Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

Accused killer, lady LAPD cop Stephanie Lazarus, in court -- new photos
Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

Accused killer, lady LAPD cop Stephanie Lazarus, in court -- new photos
Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

The sensational case is bound to give even more urgency to the LAPD's to date badly lagging efforts to test the old DNA sitting in their cold-case evidence files. As LA Weekly has previously reported, under Police Chief William J. Bratton, Los Angeles has fallen several years behind New York City, the leader in DNA testing to solve crimes.


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