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Weeping widower of murdered woman testifies

Weeping widower faces former lover _ a one-time police detective _ charged with wife's killing By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' The weeping widower of a woman murdered 26 years ago has testified about a love triangle that prosecutors believe led his former lover ' then a police detective ' to kill his wife.

Defendant Stephanie Lazarus avoided the gaze of witness John Ruetten as he said Wednesday that he never considered Lazarus to be his girlfriend, even though they had a long sexual relationship.

Ruetten said Lazarus summoned him to her condo when she heard he became engaged to Sherri Rasmussen. He says Lazarus asked through tears that he have sex with her, which he did.

The gray-haired Ruetten says he now considers that a stupid move. He wept as he identified photos from his wedding.

Lazarus has pleaded not guilty.

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