STAMFORD, Ct. — Pre-trial hearings have began for the upcoming litigation of a New York woman accused of repeatedly stabbing to death Filipino-American pharmaceutical executive Anna Lisa Raymundo

Raymundo, 32, daughter of of Drs. Renato and Susan Ramos Raymundo of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, was a Harvard University graduate who earned a master’s degree from Columbia University.

A rising executive in pharmaceutical industry, she worked at Purdue Pharma in Stamford for several years before taking a job at a company in New Jersey about a year before her death.

She was allegedly brutally murdered by Sheila Davalloo, now 42, an Iranian-American from Westchester, N.Y. and who is reportedly suffering from bipolar disorder, after both women simultaneously dated research scientist Nelson Sesseler, a co-worker at Purdue Pharma in Stamford.

Police said Sessler dumped Davalloo, who was then married, to pursue a serious relationship with Raymundo.

“The stabbing culminated from that love triangle,” Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin said after the 2008 arrest of Davalloo.

“She meant to eliminate the love interest in that triangle.”

A trial date will be determined in the coming days at the ongoing hearing at the Stamford Superior Court, officials said.

On Nov. 8, 2002, Davalloo was on a long lunch from work when she drove into Palmer Landing Community on Harbor Drive, parked her car and rang the doorbell to Raymundo’s apartment, police said.

Sessler had left Raymundo’s apartment about four hours earlier.

On that fateful day, police said Davalloo stabbed Raymundo about 20 times and slammed her head with a blunt object.

Investigators noted signs of a violent struggle and found broken glass, blood spatters and other evidence in the foyer, and strands of hair on Raymundo’s hands.

An anonymous phone call to police from a pay phone tipped them off to a “neighbor being attacked by a male.”

Two months after the slaying, Davalloo resumed a relationship with Sessler.

Two months after that, she stabbed her husband, Paul Christos, three times in the chest in what authorities called a plot to get him out of the way.

Christos recovered from his wounds and later divorced Davalloo, who was convicted of attempted murder at a February 2004 trial in Westchester County Court.

She was sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

On Nov. 6, 2007, a warrant was issued for Davalloo’s arrest in the murder of Raymundo.

She pled not guilty.

Among the evidence against Davalloo are the security video at Purdue Pharma showing Davalloo left the Pharma property shortly before 11 a.m. the day of the murder; DNA from bloodstains found on a bathroom faucet handle matching Davalloo and Raymundo; and the anonymous call tipping off police made from a pay phone a half-mile from the murder scene is consistent with Sheila Davalloo’s voice.


Sheila Davalloo (right), the alleged killer of Anna Lisa Raymundo, at a court appearance.

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