FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

The Law Officer's Pocket Manual - Bloomberg BNA
This handy 4" x 6" spiral-bound manual offers examples showing how rules are...

Top News

Lawsuit Charges LAPD Detective with Ignoring Cold Case Evidence

October 31, 2013  | 

A veteran cold case detective ignored a key piece of evidence in an unsolved slaying, delaying for several years the eventual discovery that Stephanie Lazarus, a Los Angeles police officer, was guilty of the killing, according to allegations in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Jennifer Francis, an analyst in the LAPD's DNA laboratory, the Los Angeles Times reports. In it, Francis accused Cliff Shepard, a highly regarded investigator who recently retired, of disregarding the results of DNA tests she performed in the case. Those tests ultimately played a crucial role in identifying Lazarus as the killer when another detective reopened the case several years later. Francis also alleged that Shepard knew Lazarus had ties to the victim and refused to investigate her as a suspect.

Be the first to comment on this story

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

LAPD to Make Body Camera, Patrol Car Videos Public
The Los Angeles Police Department's years-long practice of keeping video from body cameras...
Austin Police Handling Hundreds of Suspicious Package Calls Per Day
The frenzy of activity comes after a fifth bomb exploded shortly after midnight at a FedEx...
Murder Trial of Border Patrol Agent Accused of Shooting Across Border and Killing Mexican Teen Begins in Tucson
Swartz's lawyers have said Elena Rodriguez threw rocks just before he was shot in an...
Package Bomb Bound for Austin Explodes in FedEx Plant
Schertz police say the package was in the sorting area of the facility. The explosion...

Police Magazine