Stiletto Trial Verdict

Texas jury reaches quick verdict in sensational stiletto murder trial

Texas jury reaches quick verdict in sensational stiletto murder trial

Ana Lilia Trujillo stilletto heal killer June 2013
Convicted stiletto-heel killer Ana Trujillo faces up to life in prison. Photo courtesy of Houston Police Department
Stiletto heel murder actual shoe April 2014
This high-heeled shoe was turned into a murder weapon in Texas. Photo courtesy of KHOU Houston/Channel 11
Alf Stefan Andersson, 59, stiletto stabbing victim June 2013
Steffan Andersson was stabbed two dozen times in the face and neck at his Houston condo. The University of Houston/KHOU Houston/Channel 11
Ana Lilia Trujillo stilletto heal killer June 2013
Stiletto heel murder actual shoe April 2014
Alf Stefan Andersson, 59, stiletto stabbing victim June 2013

After deliberating for less than two hours, a Houston jury convicted Ana Trujillo of murdering Dr. Steffan Andersson in what has become known as the "Texas Stiletto Trial." Associated Press reporter Juan Lozano tweets that Trujillo showed no visible reaction as the verdict was read. 

In a case that has made international headlines, prosecutors claimed Trujillo, 46, stabbed Andersson 25 times in the face and neck with a 5-and-a-half-inch heel during an argument last summer at the victim's Museum District condominium.

 The DA's office compared the crime scene to a horror film.

Harris County assistant district attorney Sarah Mickelson compared the crime scene to a horror film, noting that police initially thought Andersson — a 59-year-old researcher and professor at the University of Houston — had been shot in the face.

Lawyers for Trujillo claimed she acted in self-defense, using the only weapon she had available to fight off a man they portrayed as an abusive alcoholic.

The defense team also maintained that the murder weapon was more of a platform-heeled shoe than a pointed spiked heel. The size 9 blue suede shoe was exhibited to the jury during testimony about the bloody crime scene.

The case has fascinated Texans, who have carefully followed every twist and turn in the trial of the former Houston TV host. The trial now moves on to the punishment phase, which begins April 9. Trujillo could be sentenced to up to life in prison.