Saturday, February 25, 2012

Prosecution rests in female LAPD detective's murder trial - After being a LAPD officer for years, she is accused of murdering a woman back in 1986

Stephanie Lazarus is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend's wife 26 years ago. One of the final witnesses is a former FBI criminal profiler, who believes the crime scene was staged to throw off investigators.
Prosecutors in the murder trial of retired Los Angeles Police Department Det. Stephanie Lazarus rested their case Friday after three weeks of testimony, including that of a former FBI criminal profiler who said the killer staged part of the crime scene in an effort to throw off investigators.

Lazarus, a 25-year veteran of the LAPD who retired after her 2009 arrest, is accused of the Feb. 24, 1986, beating and shooting death of Sherri Rasmussen, a 29-year-old nurse who married a man Lazarus had dated.

Prosecutors allege that Lazarus, 51 — who was 26 at the time of the killing and had joined the LAPD a few years earlier — was infatuated with John Ruetten, now 53, and driven to kill by the jealousy she felt over his decision to marry someone else.

After grinding through weeks of detailed testimony that focused largely on DNA and other forensic evidence, prosecutors called their final witnesses on what happened to be the 26th anniversary of the killing.

One of the last to take the witness stand was Mark Safarik, who spent years profiling criminals for the FBI. Prosecutors hired Safarik, who now operates a consulting firm, to analyze evidence from the crime scene.

Rasmussen was discovered beaten and bloodied on the floor of the Van Nuys town house she shared with her new husband. She had been shot three times in the chest at close range and there was a human bite mark on one arm. Her head had been bludgeoned. Wounds on her wrists and cords on the floor indicated that she had been tied up. A thick quilt with bullet holes in it lay nearby.

With Rasmussen's BMW missing and electronic equipment stacked on the floor of her home, the lead detective in the case theorized at the time that she had been killed when she came upon a burglar.

Safarik refuted that idea, saying he believed the killer had attempted to make the crime scene look like an interrupted burglary in order to confuse investigators.

Safarik said Rasmussen's town house, with its alarm company sign on the door and position in clear view of other homes, was not a likely target for a burglar.

Also, he said, the intruder or intruders had not ransacked any part of the town house in search of valuables and had moved only two pieces of stereo equipment from a console that included several other pieces.

The decision to take the BMW, but not to fill it first with things from the house or to strip it down afterward of its valuable parts, also pointed to a faked burglary, Safarik said.

"What I saw was an attempt to create an illusion," he said.

Lazarus' attorney, Mark Overland, sparred strenuously with Safarik, trying to get him to admit his theory was based on unprovable assumptions of what had occurred.

Overland has indicated that when he begins his defense of Lazarus on Monday, he will try in part to convince jurors that the original burglary theory is a credible alternative to the story prosecutors want the jury to believe.

The prosecution's case hinges heavily on saliva extracted from a bite mark on Sherri Rasmussen's arm. Experts have testified that DNA tests on the saliva prove it came from Lazarus.

Despite repeated pleas by Sherri Rasmussen's father to police, Lazarus was not considered a suspect at the time of the killing.

She became a focus of the investigation in 2009, when detectives reopened the case and interviewed family members, who mentioned the suspicions they had harbored for over two decades.

A highly secretive four-month investigation ensued and culminated with undercover officers following Lazarus for weeks. The officers eventually snatched a cup from which Lazarus had been drinking after she threw it away and used it to compare her saliva to the sample from the bite.

Lazarus has pleaded not guilty and has remained in custody on $10-million bail during the 2 1/2 years since her arrest.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

The job was fun at one time. It all ended when they let the broads on the job.

Anonymous said...

She is a little "rough on the eyes!"

I Voted For Obama said...

Stephanie Lazarus voted for Obama, then asked him why he married Michelle instead of her.

Anonymous said...

What an ugly dyke!

Anonymous said...

Garbage Blog.

Anonymous said...

It's a whole lot of broads on this just job, unfortunately there not women.

Anonymous said...

Where do they get these LAPD Detectives, Craig's List? After the Mastermind, bungling boob Mark Fuherman, LAPD, and his bumbling cohorts botched the relatively simple OJ Case, they have really been since then been shown to be some really incompetent and strange individuals, in deed.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The job was fun at one time. It all ended when they let the broads on the job.

February 25, 2012 8:51 AM

Broads are doing little, if anything, and reaping all the job benefits, due to double-standards and political correctness, these days, not to mention off work sick or pregnant all the time, costing Taxpayers Billions nationwide. Then there's the issue of allowing them to carry fully-loaded guns while going thru the proven mind-altering "Menopause"= "the Change" . We are truly a fucked society unless conservative Christian White Males regain control if it and re-build and fix it AGAIN, so everyone else can freeload some more.

Anonymous said...

Just being a female La-La Land Cop, you just know there's got to be something 'peculiar' about her.

Anonymous said...

this blog is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Retired but I remember! said...

"Anonymous said...
The job was fun at one time. It all ended when they let the broads on the job.

February 25, 2012 8:51 AM"


You can say that again, I was in a district where we used to have great watch parties if you know what I mean. Then we get all the divorced man hating bitches in the district and they want to go to the watch parties. When they find out what goes on at these watch parties they tell the male pussies in charge that if those things go on they, the bitches won't come to the parties. So guess what now we have both the male pussies and the man hating divorced bitches running the show and the watch parties went to hell.

Sort of what like what happened to the rest of the job!

Anonymous said...

So the lesson here is don't bite it if your going to kill it!

Anonymous said...

lesbian

Anonymous said...

She looks more like an escaped Mental Patient than a Detective, but then again, so do a lot of female Chicago Detectives.

Anonymous said...

DNA comes back and bites you in the ass everytime...

Teechur said...

Anonymous said...
Garbage Blog.

February 25, 2012 10:30 AM

But you love it, don'cha? You must because you keep coming back.

As for me, this is the best blog on the "Net...

Anonymous said...

8:51a.m..You are so right. It used to be you got to tell a great fuck story at rollcall, or talk about how bad you wanted to fuck a secretary. Now you have to pretend you like working with them when in fact you don't. Then, you get stuck with a double minority..female lesbian, female black, etc. Try getting them to do some work and see what the fuck happens!!!!

Cowboy Tim said...

Muff-diver, if I ever saw one.

Anonymous said...

Why don't Female Cops ever want to be partners with other Female Cops? Is it a mental thing that they know that they collectively are incompetent, or is it a jealousy thing, or both, or what ?

Anonymous said...

as my father used to say... "they have armed the whores". Most if not all of the broads that initially came on the job were the blowjob broads. He did 40 years on this job and the stories he could tell

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Anonymous said...

Tell me again! How many females have been indicted, leaving a negative image for the rest of us to carry?

Boiling Pot said...

I recall reading in Bernard Nathanson's book Hand of God that when it came to terrorizing and abusing peaceful antiabortion protesters, the female cops were the worst. It was like they were slavering at the mouth with the opportunity to push old praying nuns around.