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article imageHouston woman convicted of killing boyfriend with stiletto shoe

By Arthur Weinreb     Apr 9, 2014 in Crime
Houston - A woman was found guilty of killing her boyfriend by stabbing him at least 25 times with the heel of her nine-inch stiletto shoe. The 45-year-old defendant had claimed she was acting in self defence.
The Houston jury only deliberated for about two hours before finding Ana Trujillo, 45, guilty of the murder of her boyfriend, Dr. Alf Stefan Andersson, 59. Trujillo, who was free on bond, showed little emotion as she was placed into custody. She was overheard saying in Spanish, "I loved him and he was crazy."
The prosecution portrayed Andersson's killing as a vicious murder after an argument while Trujillo's attorney argued she killed her boyfriend in self-defence.
Houston police went to Andersson's apartment on June 9, 2013. They found Andersson's body on the floor and Trujillo covered in blood. The weapon — the heel of a size 5, 9-inch stiletto. It was later determined Andersson, who worked on women's reproductive health at the University of Houston Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling, was stabbed at least 25 times with the heel of the shoe.
Shortly after the killing, Jim Carroll, the manager of a motel where Trujillo once lived, said he wasn't surprised at the manner of death. He said, "Twice she told me if anybody ever messed with her, she pulled off her shoe, and said, 'I'd get them with this,' and it was a big stiletto heel."
The shoes cost $1500 and were purchased for Trujillo by Andersson.
According to prosecutors, Andersson and Trujillo were out drinking and were arguing in the cab they took back to the victim's condominium. Once in the apartment, the argument continued and during the fight, Andersson ended on his back. She then sat on him, prevented him from getting up, and continued to stab him with the heel of her shoe.
The defence argued she was the victim of a domestic assault and was merely defending herself. In a videotaped statement Trujillo gave to police, she said Andersson became angry because he thought she was going to leave him and then attacked her. The woman told officers she struck him with the shoe "a couple of times" but didn't realize he was hurt until she saw blood on the floor.
The prosecution countered the self defence argument by pointing out that Trujillo said very little about having to defend herself, either during the 911 call or her subsequent interview with detectives. They also argued the woman had no injuries while Andersson had several defensive wounds. About the video of her interview, prosecutor Sarah Mickelson told the jury, "What she doesn't say in this video is as important as what she does say. The only claim she can come up with is to claim self defence."
The sentencing hearing begins today before the same jury that convicted her. Trujillo faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
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