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DNA is key for jury in ex-detective's murder trial
LA jury must weigh complex DNA evidence in ex-detective's trial for 1986 murder
By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Jurors in a Los Angeles court have to work through decades-old DNA evidence as they return to deliberations in the alleged love-triangle murder trial of an ex-police detective.

The eight women and four men deciding the fate of Stephanie Lazarus are set to resume Wednesday after deliberating for less than two hours at the end of closing arguments Tuesday.

Lazarus is charged with the murder of Sherri Rasmussen, who was killed in 1986. Prosecutors say the former LAPD detective killed her because they loved the same man.



The key evidence the jury will need to consider is a bit of DNA taken from a bite mark on the victim's arm.

A defense attorney argued the DNA was contaminated during decades lying dormant in a cold case file.


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