Tuesday, a Houston woman who beat her boyfriend to death with her high heel shoe was convicted of murder by a jury and faces life in prison. Ana Trujillo, 45, was convicted of stabbing to death Dr. Stephan Andersson with her 5-inch stiletto during a late-night argument at his condo.
Trujillo reportedly showed little emotion as the verdict was announced. The altercation that took place in June 2013 was described as bloody and gruesome. The college professor, 59, was stabbed at least 25 times in the face and head with the stiletto, according to a CNN report.
Defense lawyers had argued that prosecutors failed to show motive and claimed that Trujillo was actually the victim even though the massage therapist had blood on her clothes and hands when police arrived at the scene. Police said Anderssen was lying face up in a hallway with the bloody stiletto near his head.
Trujillo's lawyers claimed she was a victim of domestic violence. Trujillo, who moved in with Andersson a short time before the killing, claimed that he had grabbed her during the altercation; however, the jury, based on the evidence, determined otherwise.
Andersson worked as a research professor at the University of Houston's Center for Nuclear Receptor and Cell Signaling.
Trujillo, who was not injured, told police during interrogation that she had performed CPR and called 911 after Andersson 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."
Andersson was described as a nice guy who was not prone to bouts of rage by his friends and associates during the trial.
"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 countered.
In a statement last year, the research facility where Andersson was employed said the school was "saddened to learn of the tragic death of Professor Stefan Andersson. Our hearts go out to his colleagues, family and friends during this difficult time."
The murder weapon found at the scene was a 5-inch blue suede stiletto.