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Witness: LA detective's DNA matched bite mark

Witness: Los Angeles police detective's DNA matched bite mark on murder victim's arm By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' A criminalist has told a Los Angeles jury that DNA taken from a former police detective matched saliva from a bite mark on the arm of a murdered woman so closely that no one else on Earth could have produced the genetic match.

Los Angeles Police Department scientist Jennifer Francis, who analyzed evidence in the 26-year-old cold case, on Friday provided the conclusion that bolstered prosecution claims that Stephanie Lazarus murdered her romantic rival.

Francis said the DNA of victim Sherri Rasmussen and Lazarus was found on the bite mark discovered on Rasmussen's body in 1986. The case was reopened after two decades and the science of DNA implicated Lazarus.

She has pleaded not guilty and her lawyer suggests the DNA evidence was corrupted over the years.

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