Jury selection begins in LAPD detective's trial

January 30, 2012 - 5:25 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jury selection has started for the trial of a veteran Los Angeles police detective charged with a decades-old murder.

Stephanie Lazarus, a 51-year-old art crimes investigator, has pleaded not guilty to shooting her ex-lover's new wife in 1986. Sherri Rasmussen was shot three times in the chest at her Van Nuys townhouse. Rasmussen's husband told police that Lazarus had repeatedly threatened her.

Prosecutors say DNA from a bite mark on Rasmussen's arm tied Lazarus to the slaying

Prospective jurors claiming hardships were being questioned Monday by the judge, while others were given questionnaires to fill out before individual questioning on Friday.

Opening statements in could begin next week.