Transcripts, Video Show LAPD Detective Stephanie Lazarus Getting Busted for Murder


Jaramillo eventually addressed the tense relationship the victim's friends said she had with the suspect.

"Well, one of the concerns I had as we were looking at some of the notes is some of Sherri's friends said that you and her were having problems because of the John situation," Jaramillo said.

The interrogation ended with Lazarus being taken into custody.

"You're going down to the women's facility at Century Sheriffs," Stearns told his partner.

"Can I call my husband?" Lazarus asked. "Can I make my--"

A Frustrating Road to Justice

For the Rasmussen family, last year's break in the case and arrest of Lazarus was long overdue.

The Rasmussen family long suspected Lazarus in the murder, even urging the police department to look within.

"That is an interview that the Los Angeles Police Department should have been done back in 1986," said family attorney John Taylor. "The family had questions about this woman, which was reported to the LAPD back at the time, and the interview with Stephanie Lazarus leads to the answers to many of the questions that the family had."

The victim's family is not commenting, but has read through the transcripts and seen excerpts of the interview posted online.

The frustrated family of the slain hospital nurse is taking matters beyond the criminal realm and has filed a civil lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department, the city of Los Angeles and the defendant, Lazarus, whose criminal trail on the murder charge is scheduled for early in 2011.

Lazarus has pleaded not guilty. Calls to her defense attorney, Mark Overland, were not returned.

The Los Angeles Police Department does not comment on ongoing investigations.

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