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Defence rests case in Texas shoe stabbing trial

08 April 2014, 18:03

Houston — Attorneys for a US woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her stiletto heel used a martial arts expert on Monday to demonstrate for jurors how they believe she was attacked on the night of the killing.

Ana Trujillo is accused of striking 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson at least 25 times in the face with her shoe during an argument in June at his Houston condominium. Trujillo's attorney, Jack Carroll, has contended the 45-year-old woman was defending herself from an attack by Andersson.

The defence rested on Monday afternoon, and prosecutors are expected to call three rebuttal witnesses on Tuesday before closing arguments and turning the case over to jurors.

Martial arts demonstration

Before resting his case, Carroll presented a demonstration in which martial arts expert Chris Martinez and another man, standing in for Trujillo.

During the demonstration, the other man tried to pull away from Martinez, who then pulled him by his ankles back to him, as Trujillo has claimed Andersson did to her. Martinez ended up on top of the other man, locking his arms around the man's leg. The other man then got on top of Martinez and grabbed one of the high heel shoes Trujillo wore and pretended to stab Martinez.

"Would it be reasonable for him to strike you if you weren't letting go?" Carroll asked Martinez, who in the demonstration was supposed to be Andersson.

"Yes," replied Martinez, who owns a mixed martial arts studio in Houston.

Demonstration “not accurate”

Prosecutor John Jordan tried to suggest to jurors that the demonstration was probably not an accurate depiction of what might have happened because, unlike Andersson, Martinez is a black belt with years of experience. Andersson was "a 59-year-old man who drank too much and was not in the greatest physical health," Jordan said.

The martial arts expert also told jurors that while he used a complicated leg hold in his demonstration, Trujillo has never indicated to police that Andersson used such a hold on her.

On Monday, Carroll also presented medical records detailing what he believes are injuries Trujillo suffered during the alleged attack, including bruising to her legs and arms.

Jordan suggested to jurors Trujillo sustained those injuries two weeks before Andersson's death during a fight with an ex-boyfriend and his current girlfriend.

If convicted, Trujillo faces up to life in prison.

- AP

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