Murder Trial Might Start in January for 25-Year LAPD Officer

Stephanie Lazarus was arrested in June 2009 in a 1986 slaying

The case of a 25-year member of the Los Angeles Police Department accused in the slaying of her ex-lover's wife in 1986 might go to trial next year.

Video: Interrogation of Former LAPD Detective

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Oct. 24 in the case of former LAPD Detective Stephanie Lazarus. The trial might begin in January, court officials told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Lazarus, 51, pleaded not guilty to murder in the case of Sherri Rasmussen, who was shot three times at the victim's Van Nuys townhouse. In June 2009, investigators recorded video of Lazarus' interrogation.

During the interrogation, she was asked about Rasmussen.

"You're accusing me of this? Is that what you're saying?" Lazarus said. "I can't believe this."

Lazarus, who was not a suspect in 1986 because detectives believed two robbers were to blame, was arrested as she left the interrogation room.

It was a saliva sample taken from a bite on the victim's arm that linked Lazarus to the crime, according to investigators.

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