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UH prof confirmed as victim in stiletto heel killing

Mike Glen, Houston Chronicle
Updated 1:10 am, Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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A man stabbed to death with a stiletto high heel allegedly wielded by his girlfriend spent the last three and a half years as a top researcher in women's health issues at the University of Houston.

Professor Alf Stefan Andersson, 59, had been studying hormones in women's reproductive health since December 2009 at the university's Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling.

"He was a talented biochemist and a good friend. He shall be sorely missed," Dr. Jan-Ake Gustafsson, the center's director, said in a statement.

The University of Houston also released a statement, saying it was saddened to learn of Andersson's death.

"Our hearts go out to his colleagues, family and friends during this difficult time," university officials said.

Andersson's girlfriend, Ana Lilia Trujillo, 44, was charged with murder.

Houston police were sent to a Museum District high-rise in the 1700 block of Hermann shortly after 3:30 a.m. Sunday to investigate reports of an assault in progress inside the victim's luxury condominium.

Trujillo answered the door and Andersson was found dead from multiple stab wounds to the head, Houston police said. HPD homicide detectives questioned Trujillo.

She admitted killing Andersson but said it was in self-defense because he had attacked her, said officials with the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

Trujillo was detained at the scene and later taken into custody.

Harris County records did not indicate if Trujillo had an attorney.

She remains at the Harris County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

According to Harris County criminal records, Trujillo has been arrested in recent years for driving while intoxicated and theft.