A superior court judge set bail at $10 million for veteran Los Angeles Police Department Detective Stephanie Ilene Lazarus, who is accused of shooting and beating to death her ex-boyfriend's wife 23 years ago.
Lazarus, a well-regarded veteran cop dedicated to tracking stolen art, was arrested while working at Parker Center on June 5. Police allege that Lazarus beat and shot to death 29-year-old Sherri Rae Rasmussen, a hospital nursing director, on February, 24, 1986.
Rasmussen's husband, John Ruetten, found her body when he returned home
For years, Homicide detectives believed the killing was committed by men during a burglary gone bad. Rasmussen's father fruitlessly begged LAPD to consider Lazarus as a suspect, because Lazarus had been in love with Rasmussen's husband. Then early this year, DNA tests of cold-case evidence showed the killer to be a woman — and police finally looked closely at one of their own.
Earlier this month, a judge in a preliminary hearing found there was enough evidence against Lazarus for her to stand trial for the murder.