HOUSTON (AP) — Jurors deciding the sentence for a woman convicted of murder for stabbing her boyfriend to death with her shoe's stiletto heel heard testimony Wednesday about her criminal history and violent past, including how she allegedly assaulted a former friend with a candlestick.
They also heard from family and friends of the victim, Alf Stefan Andersson, who described him as kind and gracious, and not aggressive, and who said they were still trying to comprehend his violent death.
Ana Trujillo was convicted Tuesday of striking Andersson, 59, at least 25 times in the face with the 5½-inch heel of her shoe during an argument last June at his Houston condominium. Defense attorneys argued that Trujillo, 45, was defending herself from an attack by Andersson, who was a University of Houston professor and researcher. She faces up to life in prison.
Prosecutors presented 19 witnesses during the trial's punishment phase, which began Wednesday and was set to resume Thursday.
Most of the witnesses detailed Trujillo's criminal history or firsthand experiences they had with Trujillo in which she became violent toward them when she drank.
Several police officers told jurors Trujillo was arrested twice for drunken driving, once in 2008 and again in 2010. In one of the incidents she was found driving the wrong way on a Houston freeway. One of the DWI charges was later dropped while she was convicted of the other.
Earlier in the trial, witnesses testified that Trujillo had been drinking on the night of Andersson's killing. But authorities testified that Trujillo's blood alcohol level wasn't tested after her arrest.
Brian Goodney, a former friend of Trujillo, told jurors that she was with him at his apartment after a dinner party in 2009 when "out of nowhere," she hit him in the back of the head with a candlestick.
"I fell on the floor. I was completely knocked out," Goodney said, adding that when he awoke, Trujillo was sitting on the floor staring at him. Goodney said Trujillo then got up and left his apartment. He didn't press charges.