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State Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit In Case Involving Ventura County Murderer

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:18am


The State Supreme Court has rejected the final chance for the parents of a woman murdered by an LAPD officer to sue the police department over the handling of the case.

Nels and Loretta Rasmussen sued the LAPD, saying that the agency had rejected their contention at the time that Lori Rasmussen was killed by a jealous officer. Detectives at the time thought it might have been connected to a string of robberies in the San Fernando Valley.

However, cold case detectives using DNA evidence linked the 1986 killing to an ex-girlfriend of Rasmussen’s husband, who was an LAPD officer.

In 2012, Detective Stephanie Lazarus, who was a Simi Valley resident, was convicted of the killing, and sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.

However, two lower courts ruled the ability of the parents to sue expired in 1998, due to the statute of limitations. The State Supreme Court declined to review the lower court ruling, in effect ending the lawsuit.


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