Ana Trujillo, a Houston TV host, has been charged with murdering her boyfriend by striking him more than 10 times in the face, head and neck with her stiletto heel.
She claims she acted in self-defense.
Ana Trujillo, 44, was in a relationship with the late Alf Stefan Andersson, 59, a top researcher in women's health issues at the University of Houston.
The background is very much unclear.
"We only have a dead man and a woman who confessed to doing it," says Harris County, Texas, District Attorney spokeswoman, Sara Marie Kinney.
Trujillo hosted community access shows under the name Ana Fox. Lott J. Brooks, Trujillo's attorney and former employer, says to withhold judgment.
Trujillo, he believes, suffered from battered women's syndrome, and is a non-confrontational person who would not have instigated the fight.
"It doesn't seem like something she would've done without provocation, without some sort of triggering mechanism," Brooks tells People.
He adds, however, that he is still learning about the case and he doesn't specifically know what Andersson may have done to Trujillo before she struck.
On the night of June 9, she and Andersson drank tequila at Bodega's Taco Shop and he got angry over another man who offered to buy Trujillo a drink.
They then went to his 18th-floor condominium at around 2 a.m. and he got angry over her plans to visit her daughter from a previous relationship.
Trujillo called 911, led officers to the body and told them Andersson "was attacking her and grabbed her hair and neck," according to a DA spokeswoman.
But officers observed no injuries on Trujillo.
Andersson, however, suffered "at least 10 very serious puncture wounds to the back of the skull, and to the head and neck," says Kinney, all inflicted by a stiletto.
Investigators are trying to determine if Trujillo stomped Andersson with the shoe or held it and struck him as she claims.
Officials are unaware what kind of stiletto was used. The shoe is in evidence and can't be examined by a prosecutor until after Trujillo enters a plea.
Trujillo is being held on $100,000 bail.