BETHESDA, Md. (WJZ)—There’s stunning new information in last week’s murder at a yoga store in Bethesda. A woman who originally claimed she was also attacked is now facing murder charges.
Adam May has more on how her story unraveled.
Brittany Norwood killed her co-worker and tried to blame it on an imaginary rapist, according to police.
Last week the 27-year-old woman claimed she was tied up and attacked by two masked man inside Lululemon—an upscale yoga store in Bethesda.
Norwood said her coworker– 30-year-old Jayna Murray– was also raped and beaten to death.
But police say her story didn’t add up.
“It was a dispute between the two women. We have witnesses in the Apple store next door that heard two women arguing,” said Chief Thomas Manger.
After Murray was beat to death, police believe her co-worker took a men’s shoe from inside the store and made fake tracks. She then moved Murray’s car three blocks away, returned to the store, cut herself and tied herself up to stage an assault.
“After finding physical and forensic evidence inside the deceased victim’s car, Ms. Norwood became a suspect in the case,” Chief Manger said.
When police questioned Norwood, she originally told investigators “the masked men” made her move the car. But police say she couldn’t explain why she walked back into the store instead of running for help.
Murray is being held with bail. The store plans on reopening Sunday.