Jury Convicts Woman In Death Of Fil Am

by Joseph G. Lariosa

CHICAGO (jGLi) – Anna Lisa Raymundo wanted to be a Chief Executive Officer for some big companies one day. But her big dreams were snuffed away nine years ago by an Iranian American co-worker woman, who was obsessed with Anna Lisa’s boyfriend.

On Friday (Feb. 10) Anna Lisa’s co-worker, Sheila Sara Duvalloo, was convicted by a 16-person jury for the brutal stabbing of Anna Lisa less than two days after a jury deliberation that ended a two-week trial, chronicled by daily, Stamford Advocate.

“I just wanted to have closure on the death of my daughter,” Anna Lisa’s father, Dr. Renato Raymundo, told this reporter at the start of the trial.

On Friday (Feb. 10) Dr. Raymundo and his wife, Dr. Susan Raymundo, were a picture of happiness as they shed “tears of joy” after the reading of the verdict.

Ms. Duvalloo, who is currently serving a 25-year-sentence after she was earlier found guilty in the attempted murder of her former husband so she could have her co-worker, Nelson Sessler, all by herself, will be extending her stay in prison following her Friday’s conviction.

Duvalloo was sentenced to 25 years for the stabbing of her husband, Paul Christos, in 2003 in their home and a hospital in New York to eliminate Christos as an obstacle in her love triangle with Sessler and Anna Lisa.

On Friday, Duvalloo was convicted for the killing of Anna Lisa, who was standing in her way to fulfill her obsession with Sessler.

With her conviction, the 42-year-old Duvalloo stands to earn an additional 25 to 60 years in prison when she is sentenced on April 27 by Stamford Superior Court Judge Richard Comerford.

DNA blood samples swiped from the sink handle in Raymundo’s condo in 123 Harbor Drive, Stamford, Connecticut tied Ms. Duvalloo to the crime scene. Supervisory State’s Attorney James Bernardi theorized the killer used the bathroom to try to clean off blood after the multiple fatal stabbings.

Duvalloo failed to cast doubt on the minds of the jurors over the presence of another person other than Raymundo and Duvalloo in the room following the findings of the presence of unknown DNA samples found on three of the dumbbells in the messy crime scene.

DNA analyst, Michael Bourke, testified last Friday (Feb. 3) that bloodstains on three of the dumbbells contained Raymundo’s genetic profile and from someone unknown. Out of the 39 samples lifted from the crime scene, one DNA sample matched with Davalloo.

Nor was Davalloo’s main defense witness, Gary Riley, able to boost her case. Mr. Riley, a former Stamford resident, who was jailed for burglary, had testified Tuesday (Feb. 7) seeing a man and woman arguing outside the condo of Raymundo, who was found bludgeoned to death on Nov. 8, 2002.

WITNESS COULD NOT IDENTIFY ANNA LISA

When Davalloo presented Riley the photo of Raymundo during the trial, Riley could not positively identify if it was the same woman he saw arguing outside Raymundo’s condo.

When Riley went to a nearby fast food restaurant that morning, he said he saw an older woman (not the same age as that of then 32-year-old Duvalloo) calling 9-1-1 from the restaurant.

On the fourth day of the trial on Friday (Jan. 26), a voice recognition expert, Tom Owen, identified Duvalloo as the owner of the voice of a woman making the 9-1-1 call at 12:13 p.m. from the restaurant that alerted the Stamford police to the homicide of Anna Lisa. The caller was saying that she thought the guy was attacking her neighbor on Harbor View Drive.

Mr. Owen used newer, digital voice analysis method to match Duvalloo’s voice with the 9-1-1 caller.Prosecutors also presented Dan Arenovski, the associate director of corporate security for Purdue Pharma in Stamford, where Davalloo had worked with Sessler and Raymundo.

Mr. Arenovski testified Friday (Jan. 26) that Sessler came to work at 9:37 a.m. that fateful Friday and left at 5:10 p.m. The records showed he stayed in the building the whole workday.

Citing a report for Davalloo, Arenovski said that she came to work just after 8 a.m. and left again at 10:53 a.m. She didn’t return until two hours later. She left work at 4:35 p.m.Raymundo was killed between 10:34 a.m. and 12:13 p.m., according to Davalloo’s arrest records.

Anna Lisa, a native of New York, New York, was associate director of Purdue Pharma while Duvalloo was a pharmaceutical researcher and Sessler was a scientist.

Anna Lisa was the daughter of Dr. Renato Raymundo, 70, a native of Pasig City and Dr. Susan Raymundo, also 70, a native of Quezon City, both in the Philippines.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts in government and pre-medical programs, Anna Lisa obtained a masters degree in public health and worked at another pharmaceutical company before landing a job at Purdue Pharma.

“She wanted to be a CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of a big company,” Dr. Renato Raymundo, a retired anesthesiologist, said of his daughter, the eldest of his three children, including, Bernadette, 39, a structural engineer, and Renato, Jr. (RJ), 36, a computer information technologist.

Anna Lisa Raymundo visited the Philippines several times and spoke very little Philippine language, according to her father. (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)

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