Stiletto suspect charged in professor’s death
The woman accused of killing a UH professor with her stiletto has been charged with murder and appeared in court Monday.
Alf Stefan Andersson, 59, a research professor in the Biology and Biochemistry Department, was found dead Sunday morning in a high-rise on Hermann Drive near Jackson Street in the museum district.
Investigators say Ana Trujillo, 44, who was arrested in the upscale apartment early Sunday morning, is claiming self-defense in the slaying of Andersson, according to ABC 13.
The Houston Police Department homicide investigators said officers responded to a call of an assault in progress just before 4 a.m. at The Parklane, a luxury condominium.
When officers arrived at Andersson’s home, Trujillo answered the door and showed police the victim’s body, according to KHOU 11.
Police said that Andersson had suffered multiple stab wounds to the head and prosecutors in court on Monday described the scene as gruesome.
“The complainant appeared to have about 10 puncture wounds to the head, some being 1 to 1.5 inches deep. He also had 15 to 20 other puncture wounds along his face and arms and neck,” said the prosecutor.
Trujillo admitted to stabbing the UH research professor, whom she identified as her boyfriend, because he had grabbed her, she told investigators, and a struggle followed.
Gill, a resident of The Parklane, told KHOU that she believes the killing may not have been intentional.
“My thought was, ‘I bet she defended herself with the only thing she had,'” Gill said.
Jim Carroll, who manages the Londale Motel where Trujillo lives, was not as surprised by the attack.
Carroll told ABC 13 that Trujillo said more than once that anyone who wronged her would face the wrath of her stiletto.
Trujillo worked as a legal assistant, but also claimed she was a masseuse, although she is not registered, Carroll said.
Trujillo remains jailed with her bail set at $100,000.