HOUSTON — A Houston woman was convicted of murder Tuesday for stabbing her boyfriend with a 5½-inch stiletto heel.
Prosecutors said Ana Trujillo stabbed 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson at least 25 times in the face with her shoe during a June argument at his Houston condominium.
Trujillo's attorney said she was defending herself from an attack by Andersson, a University of Houston professor and researcher.
Prosecutor John Jordan disputed that.
"This is not self-defense. This is a vicious murder," he said during closing arguments Tuesday.
Jack Carroll, Trujillo's attorney, countered that his client did the only thing she could do while being attacked: defend herself.
Jurors, who received the case Tuesday, deliberated for two hours. They will begin deliberations in the sentencing phase Wednesday. Trujillo, 45, faces up to life in prison.
Testimony during the trial showed that Andersson bought the $1,500 blue suede shoes for Trujillo.
During the trial, prosecutors portrayed Trujillo, a Mexican native, as out of control on the night of the slaying. A cab driver who took the couple home before Andersson's death told jurors that Trujillo was angry and yelling on the ride to the condo.
Prosecutors told jurors that once the couple got home, they began arguing and during the confrontation, Andersson was injured and fell on his back. Trujillo sat on Andersson, preventing him from getting up and repeatedly struck him in the face and head with her shoe, they said.
Witnesses portrayed Andersson, a native of Sweden, who became a U.S. citizen, as mild-mannered and quiet.
A video of Trujillo's interrogation with police was played at trial where she told detectives Andersson had become enraged after thinking she was going to leave him, attacked her and that she used the only weapon she had at her disposal — her shoe — to defend herself.
Contributing: The Associated Press