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Sherri Rasmussen Murder

Shocking pictures open LA detective's murder trial

Shocking death pictures of a murdered woman were shown to jurors in the trial of former police detective Stephanie Lazarus — huge close-up portraits of the battered face of Sherri Rasmussen, who died 26 years ago.One eye was swollen shut; the other wide open. Rasmussen's mouth was agape, her hands held up as if in a defensive posture. Prosecutors suggested that this mayhem was inflicted by Lazarus in a fit of rage after her lover married this woman instead of her.Another photo of Rasmussen ethereal in a wedding gown, holding a bouquet of flowers provides the motive prosecutors allege."Sherri Rasmussen was wearing the gown that Stephanie Lazarus believed was hers," Deputy District Attorney Shannon Presby said Monday in his opening statement to jurors.But a lawyer for the onetime top cop said she is being wrongly accused in a case so old that some of the witnesses are having trouble remembering it. And he said much of the DNA evidence has deteriorated over time.Retired Los Angeles police...

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