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Stiletto Heel Killer Guilty Of Murdering Lover
A woman in Texas faces life in prison after being found guilty of murdering her boyfriend by repeatedly stabbing him in the face with her stiletto heel.
Ana Trujillo, 45, has claimed she had been defending herself when she struck 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson at least 25 times with her shoe during an argument at his Houston apartment last June.
But this was rejected by jurors who took just two hours before returning their verdict.
Friends of Mr Andersson, who was originally from Sweden and was a University of Houston professor and researcher, described him as kind and mild-mannered.
Earlier, during closing arguments, prosecutor John Jordan told jurors that Trujillo's actions were not self-defence but "vicious murder".
The jury is expected to to hear further evidence before Trujillo is sentenced.
The prosecution said Trujillo had a history of being angry and aggressive in her contentious on-off relationship with Mr Andersson.
On the night Mr Andersson was killed, the couple had been out drinking before they returned to his apartment.
A cab driver who took them home told jurors Trujillo was angry and shouting during the journey.
The prosecution said during an ensuing argument at Mr Andersson's apartment, he was injured and fell on his back.
Trujillo then sat on Andersson preventing him from getting up and repeatedly struck him in the face and head with the five-and-a-half inch heel of her shoe.
The court heard Trujillo did not have any injuries from her confrontation with Andersson while the victim had defensive wounds on his hands and wrists.
Trujillo told detectives she hit Mr Andersson with her shoe "a couple of times" and did not realise she had hurt him until she saw blood on the floor.
She claimed she had tried to resuscitate Mr Andersson.
The blue suede shoe with the stiletto heel was produced during the trial.
In video and photos taken by police at the crime scene, the stiletto heel can be seen lying on the carpeted floor of the apartment.
A large pool of blood could also be seen near Mr Andersson's head, which had had several visible wounds.