(HOUSTON) — Ana Trujillo spent all day on the stand as the punishment phase of her trial continued Thursday, trying to convince the same jury that convicted her of murder to be lenient in her sentencing.
Trujillo was convicted of murder Tuesday in the death of her boyfriend, Dr. Alf Stefan Andersson. She fatally stabbed Andersson with the 5 1/2-inch stiletto heel of her shoe.
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You could feel the frustration in the audience at Trujillo’s meandering testimony as she made the case that she killed in self-defense and she had a history of being attacked by men.
The punishment phase of the trial began Wednesday with testimony from multiple people claiming that Trujillo was pleasant and fine to be around until she got drunk.
Not long after Trujillo took the stand Thursday, members of the jury were seen sneaking a peak at the clock in the rear of the courtroom. Her testimony has been rambling, long-winded and seemingly inappropriate at times with references that visibly shocked at least one juror on a couple of occasions.
She used the word “fetish” when describing Andersson’s love for stilettos and said he made her walk around the apartment once so he could photograph her in his favorite style of shoes — the only thing she was wearing. She also said he had a bulletin board with photos of stilettos in his apartment with a bumper sticker that said “I love stilettos.”
By Thursday afternoon, she was a bit more on track, finally focusing on the night she killed her boyfriend.
Trujillo and her attorney re-enacted the fight she and Andersson had that June night. She said Andersson hit her on the head with the shoe first after he pushed her against the wall and threw her against furniture.
The defense hoped she would humanize herself to the jury, but there have been so many discussions of extraneous material that her testimony seems to lack a single message that jurors can follow.
Outside the courtroom, a friend of Trujillo’s told NEWS 92 FM, “that’s just her — fun loving but kind of crazy.”
“Crazy” is not what the defense wants to imply.
Prosecutors began cross-examining Trujillo at 4:10 p.m. — about seven hours after she took the stand. During questioning, she admitted she borrowed $7,000 from Andersson prior to his murder.
Trujillo faces life in prison. Closing arguments were set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
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