Hus, a carpenter, cared deeply for her, his mother said then. Pfefferle gushed, writing, "I love being in love," on a social-media page at the time.
On Sept. 4, 2010, she called Hus from a friend's house for a ride to her parents' home on Pelican Court in Audubon Park. About 2 a.m., the two argued over whether she should continue living on campus at La Salle or move back in with her parents, authorities said.
Pfefferle's parents were home at the time of the stabbing, and they called 911. But Hus could not be resuscitated. He was pronounced dead at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
At the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Pfefferle repeatedly lied about Hus' knife wound.
She first told emergency responders trying to save Hus' life she didn't know how he injured himself. Later, in an interview with investigators, she admitted stabbing him, but said Hus had walked into the knife she was holding at her hip, authorities said.
The autopsy showed Hus was killed by a downward thrust of a sharp object into his chest that punctured his aorta. Authorities said Pfefferle had pulled the knife from a butcher block in her parents' kitchen.
"We respect the jury's verdict; we don't agree and we expect to appeal," Kaigh said in an interview.
In court, Pfefferle testified that Hus would slap her, saying he once hit her with a tire iron on a knuckle and with the claw end of a hammer on an arm, a source close to the case said. She never reported the incidents to authorities.
Pfefferle also testified Hus had threatened to tie her up and throw her in the river, and she said she thought he was going to kill her on the morning of the stabbing.
Kelly Testa, an assistant Camden County prosecutor, countered Pfefferle's claim and presented witnesses who testified to Hus' gentle nature and who demonstrated there were no medical or police records indicating Pfefferle had suffered abuse.
Testa also noted that an expert who testified on the possibility of abuse based his opinion on information Pfefferle provided.
Pfefferle faces 30 years to life on the murder charge. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 15.