On Tuesday, a Houston woman was convicted of stabbing her boyfriend to death with a 5 1/2-inch stiletto heel.
Prosecutors said Ana Trujillo, 45, slashed 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson with the sharp heel at least 25 times in the face and head, until he bled to death on his condo floor in June.
The murder weapon was just one shoe from the $1,500 pair of navy blue shoes, which were purchased by Andersson as a gift, according to KHOU. That shoe was presented to the jury by prosecutors, blood-stained and even covered in hair last week.
Trujillo argued that the attack was in self-defense and that she began hitting her boyfriend after he attacked her during a night of drinking. Prosecutors said the couple began arguing when during their violent confrontation Andersson became injured and fell on his back.
It was then Trujillo allegedly sat on him, pinning him to the floor, as she repeatedly struck him in the face with her spiked heel.
The prosecution argued that Trujillo didn’t have any injuries from that fight with Andersson, but the professor had defensive wounds on his hands and wrists. Trujillo’s attorneys claimed that she did have injuries.
Friends of Andersson, a University of Houston research professor, said that he wasn’t prone to bouts of rage.
“Dr. Andersson probably was a nice guy, but what he did that night can’t be dismissed because he was a nice guy,” Trujillo’s defense attorney argued.
In a police interrogation video after the incident, Trujillo said that she performed CPR and called 911 after she saw that Andersson had stopped attacking her.
“What she doesn’t say in this video is as important as what she did say,” the prosecutor said. “When did we hear that Ana Trujillo was in fear for her life? No one said anything about her ever being in fear for her life.”
The jury wasn’t convinced of the ‘self-defense argument’ as they only deliberated for two hours before making their decision.
Trujillo, who faces up to life in prison, showed little emotional reaction when the jury’s verdict was read. She was taken into custody after the verdict was read and sentencing begins on Wednesday.
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