A stiletto killing in self-defense -- where to begin with this grisly fashion faux pas? A research professor of women's health issues at the University of Houston was found dead early Sunday, after he was stabbed with a stiletto heel.
Alf Stefan Andersson, 59, and his girlfriend, Ana Lilia Trujillo, 44, were apparently fighting that morning. When officers arrived at Andersson's condo, Andersson was already dead with about 10 puncture wounds to his head -- some as deep as an inch and a half. There were more on his face, arms, and neck.
Trujillo claims that her stiletto stabbing was not an intentional killing, but rather was an act of self-defense, Houston's KHOU-TV reports.
Self-defense is generally known as the justified right to counteract violence or force, to prevent an injury or harm and to protect oneself. But there are a number of other circumstances that need to be looked at before determining whether or not it's a valid defense to an accident or killing.
Self-defense statutes vary by state, but the considerations are largely the same. Texas' self-defense statute is similar to others. Generally speaking, the law considers factors such as:
It's not entirely clear what led up to the stiletto killing, but Trujillo, a Mexican national, was taken into custody. She has been charged with murder and is being held on $100,000 bail.