Prosecutors to Seek Life Sentence in Lululemon Slaying

Friday, Aug 5, 2011  |  Updated 1:55 PM EDT
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Gruesome Details in Lululemon Murder Case

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The mug shot of Brittany Norwood, suspected in the death of her Lululemon coworker, Jayna Murray.

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In court Monday, prosecutors said Brittany Norwood beat her coworker to death after she allegedly caught her stealing items from the Bethesda store. (Courtroom Sketches by Bill Hennessy)
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Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Md., plan to seek a sentence in the Bethesda Lululemon Athletica slaying.

Brittany Norwood is charged with first-degree murder in the March death of Jayna Murray, her coworker at the upscale yoga clothing store.

According to authorities, Norwood killed Murray after Murray discovered suspected stolen items in Norwood’s bag. Norwood tried to cover up the crime by telling investigators that the women were attacked and sexually assaulted inside the store by two masked men, police said.

Along with Murray’s body, police found Norwood bound and apparently injured inside the store the morning of March 12, but surveillance video and forensic and physical evidence did not support her story of a small man and a large man committing the crimes, investigators said. Evidence found in Murray's car led police to develop Norwood as a suspect. Police believe she moved the car three blocks away from the scene to a parking lot in Bethesda, where it was found. Tracks found in the store had been made by a pair of size 14 shoes found in the store, police said said.

State's Attorney John McCarthy advised Norwood's attorney, Douglas Wood, of his office's intention to seek a life sentence in a letter this week, the Associated Press reported.

Norwood's trial is scheduled for October 24 in Montgomery County Circuit Court.


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