On Sept. 26, a jury in Houston, Texas, after two days of deliberation, convicted Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, in the aggravated assault and poisoning of her colleague and lover Dr. George Blumenschein. Gonzalez-Angulo is facing life in prison based on today’s conviction, according to Fox News.
Gonzalez-Angulo is a breast cancer doctor and researcher based out of Houston’s Texas Medical Center. She had previously been involved in a sexual relationship with Blumenschein.
But when Blumenschein went to break off the affair so he could pursue a relationship and the hopes of starting a family with his longtime live-in girlfriend, Evette Toney, Gonzalez-Angulo went all “fatal attraction” on him, according to prosecutors. Gonzalez-Angulo started spiking Blumenschein’s coffee with ethylene glycol, a “sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze.” Prosecutors in the case against Gonzalez-Angulo painted her as devious and diabolical – and obsessed with Blumenschein.
Testifying at trial, Blumenschein said that not too long after he and Gonzalez-Angulo had been intimate in January 2013, he got sick. Blumenschein “immediately suspected his lover of spiking his coffee.” Others testifying at the trial said that “Gonzalez-Angulo had access to ethylene glycol at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where she and Blumenschein worked.”
Defense lawyers for Gonzalez-Angulo’s tried to argue that anyone could have been responsible for Blumenschein’s poisoning, including his longtime girlfriend Toney. Toney denied that accusation.
The trial, which began Sept. 15, was filled with plot twists straight out of a soap opera, including prosecutors’ claims that Gonzalez-Angulo lied about being attacked outside her home in an effort to get Blumenschein to leave his girlfriend. Prosecutors also said Blumenschein secretly recorded calls in which he tried to get Gonzalez-Angulo to confess to poisoning him.
According to USA Today, the jury heard some of those secretly recorded conversations “in which Blumenschein seemed to prod Gonzalez-Angulo for information about the poisoning.” Blumenschein testified in court that as a result of being poisoned with the ethylene glycol, that he now only maintains “about 40 percent of his kidney function.”
Immediately after the jury announced their verdict against Gonzalez-Angulo earlier today, the trial segued immediately into the punishment phase. Gonzalez-Angulo is looking at a minimum of 20 years to a maximum of life behind bars.