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Monday, November 29, 2021

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Stiletto murder suspect refused lower bond


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Although Ana Trujillo was charged with capital murder in the death of professor Stefan Andersson, her attorneys are hopeful that she will be released before her trial. | Courtesy of KHOU Houston/Channel 11

The woman charged with capital murder in the death of a UH professor was refused a lower bond when she appeared in court July 22.

Harris County Judge Brock Thomas denied 44-year-old suspect Ana Trujillo’s request to reduce her bond from $100,000 to $30,000. According to Houston Culture Map, Trujillo’s attorneys remain optimistic that evidence they plan to present at an August bond hearing will secure her release in advance of a trial.

Trujillo confessed to stabbing her then-boyfriend, Stefan Andersson, 59, and is expected to offer a plea of self-defense.

Andersson’s body was found in his upscale apartment on June 9 with numerous puncture wounds to the head, arms and neck from a high-heel shoe. Trujillo was still in the apartment when police arrived, and she was immediately arrested.

Assistant district attorney John Jordan told a district judge that the couple had been at a bar when Andersson became angry after another man offered to buy Trujillo a drink. Upon returning to the condo, the suspect claims Andersson became abusive as the two argued about plans to visit her daughter in Waco.

Trujillo is expected to appear in court again in August. According to Culture Map, Trujillo’s attorneys are determined to get Trujillo out of custody, despite the judge’s refusal to lower her bond.

“The allegation is pretty severe, so I can understand where (the judge) is coming from,” said lawyer Jack Carroll, who joined the defense alongside attorney Lott Brooks, explained to reporters. “We’ll get the bond reduced, if we don’t bond her out in the meantime.”

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