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A Texas jury has convicted a Houston woman of murder for killing her boyfriend in a stiletto heel stabbing.
Ana Trujillo, 45, alleged that she was acting in self-defense against her boyfriend Alf Stefan Andersson, 59, but jurors saw it as a homicide. The sentencing phase of Trujillo's trial is currently underway, The Associated Press reports.
So what kind of punishment may be ahead for the stiletto heel killer?
In Texas, criminal homicide occurs when a person intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence causes the death of an individual. The category of criminal homicide covers crimes including murder, capital murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide.
Trujillo was convicted of murder for the stiletto heel stabbing. That means jurors found she either intentionally caused the death of her boyfriend, intended to cause serious bodily injury, or commited an act that was clearly dangerous to human life that resulted in death.
Trujillo's actions of stabbing Andersson with her stiletto heel does seem to indicate that she intended to cause serious bodily injury -- especially as Andersson was stabbed at least 25 times in the face and head.
According to the AP, the jury is set to hear more testimony before deciding on a sentence. During that time, Trujillo may try to mitigate the severity of her conviction by arguing that Andersson's death occurred under "sudden passion."
Under Texas law, a person convicted of murder can, during sentencing, try to prove by a preponderance of evidence that the killing occurred "under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause." If successful, the person's murder conviction could become a second-degree felony instead of a first-degree felony. That could mean a lesser sentence for Trujillo.
Under the current murder conviction, Trujillo could face up to life in prison, the AP reports.
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