DNA May Connect LAPD Detective to 1986 Murder Case

A judge says a veteran Los Angeles police detective accused of a 1986 murder must let prosecutors take dental impressions to determine if her teeth match a bite mark on the victim.

A Superior Court commissioner granted the prosecution request on Tuesday.

The suspect, 49-year-old Stephanie Lazarus, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Sherri Rasmussen, the wife of her former boyfriend.

Rasmussen was shot to death at a Van Nuys condo. Police initially thought robbers killed her, but authorities say Lazarus recently was connected to the case through DNA taken from a bite mark.

Lazarus is a 25-year LAPD veteran who handled art forgery cases. She was arrested last month by detectives who worked across the hall from her.