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.

Comments (50)
  1. fran says:

    she is mentally disturb.however the media will call her a murderer.only mentall ill folks, which are white carriy that label.Now ur point is ?

    1. GH says:

      you’re an idiot..The girl should fry.!..Shes a murderer.!

    2. Shannon says:

      She is a murderer I don’t care what color she is

    3. mike says:

      she is black and killed a white person, if the other way around it would be considered a hate crime not just a murder.

    4. reillymcreilly says:

      Actually its a murdering sub human, who should be put to death along with about 500 randomly rounded up sub human simian beasts as part of a collective punishment effort to show these animals who’s boss.

  2. JW says:

    Uh….she IS a murderer. What the heck does this have to do with skin color? Jeffrey Dahmer- a white man- was mentally disturbed too! It doesn’t make him any less of a savage murderer. What exactly is YOUR point, Fran? Because all I see is ignorance…and downright bigotry. P.S. Learn how to spell before trying to make a point.

  3. andy botwin says:

    most serial killers are white, because they have good work ethics, if somethings worth doing you do it well

    1. kat says:

      wow! truth spoken here……

  4. andy botwin says:

    shes got that stare of knowing your butt is in big trouble

  5. lulu says:

    Can’t trust anyone can you?

  6. chuckbob says:

    Hey…It’s OK to play the race card especially when you are looking for a fight. The more it it thrown into the mix, the quicker it will start to be ignored by everyone. Keep playing it everyone so the deck can be shuffled again. MLK says good work dummies, thanks for slowly undoing all that I worked for.

  7. JW says:

    Fran, Bernard F McKernan, Andy Botwin, and Isaac7…you have got to some of the DUMBEST most ignorant people walking among us today. You should all meet up for ab lovely picnic to discuss your ideas– in the middle of 895. Idiots…all of you.

  8. Owings Mills New Town says:

    Bernard F Mc Kernan:

    Your are a laughable pig. It’s amazing how you would give your own race credit for being more intelligent killers. But, hey, I think you’re right. You are better killers. Let me see there was a little thing committed by the so-called civilized Germans in the 1940’s that involved very ingenious ways to kill fellow human beings on a large industrialized scale. It involved very ingenious technologies including gas chambers and crematoriums that could kill thousands at one time and very neatly dispose of millions of unsightly dead bodies all in one effecient opperation “Hey. look, Mah! No more wasted bullets and awlful blood stains on my dapper uniform!” Just put a few thousand people in here, pure in some chemicals (Zyklon B), and presto! No mess!” Oh, yeah, Bernard, thank you for clearing up something non-Whites have known for centuries: Your race are the most cunning and well calulated pre-mediated murderers on Earth! You are gentically pre-programed to kill. And in very ingenius ways. You are superior at that–I’ll give you full credit. Much of humanity has suffered under your murderous ways. Has anyone seen a Native American lately?

    1. V says:

      Owings Mills, very well written. I agree with everything you wrote. To bad it will fall on deaf ears.

  9. truthteller says:

    is there a shortage of cows?why does a gallon of milk cost more than a gallon of gas?should we start drilling for milk?

    1. Danah says:

      Drilling for milk. 😛

  10. truthteller says:

    what about all the drug dealers on PENNINGTON AVENUE?

  11. cricket says:

    Someone was killed and tried to cover it up–what difference does it make if they were black or white that commited the murder—some-one is dead!!!!why do people have to bring the race into the fact?

    1. Cassandra222 says:

      EXACTLY!!! What difference does it make… Two families will be grieving a loss.

  12. ravenmaniac881 says:

    Owings Mills New town…..if you have to brag about it it ain’t happening. Having an affair with a blow up doll that is white does not count as an extramarrital affair. Face it….the truth hurts………..blacks kill blacks, blacks kill whites. Blacks kill anyone and anything they can… them it’s status.

  13. Owings Mills New Town says:


    I know it feels good to live in denial, but the affair with the pretty married blonde was real. It started at work and she did two other black dudes that she bragged about. She was good! Anyway, I guess the Green River killer never happened, right? White serial killer who admitted to over fifty murders. I guess Columbine never happened either? Let me remember… Two spoiled rich white high school kids who shot twelve students and teachers to death. Remember that? Oh, yeah, whites don’t kill? One thing your race is really good at is denial. Denial for your history of mass miser and your denying your women desire us Mandingo studs. Dream on buddy in your fantasy world of constant denial.

  14. whatnow says:

    Neither race has a monopoly on murderers or idiots.

  15. Billiam says:

    It’s interesting that the comments that get everyone fired up are basically the same comments from the same people on here who, in reality, have nothing to bring to the table in regards to helping or trying to solve the problems. It doesn’t matter if she was black/white, purple/orange or green/yellow – this person took the life of another person for no reason – that’s right – no reason. So, please stop trying to play the race card – if it was the other way around the comments would be just as hateful and just as ridiculous. To all of you who want to call each other names, for whatever reason, go do that somewhere else.

  16. Peanut Butter Packer says:

    shim sham mo fo, what it be tyrone, take a chill pill chilly will.

    1. Billiam says:

      thanks for helping me make my point.

  17. Whitey O. says:

    Norwood GOT CAUGHT STEALING, became enraged and chimped , with the usual results. Same thing happened in Connecticut recently. Omar Thornton was videotaped stealing large quantities of merchandise before being fired. After his arrest for multiple murders he was crying ray-sissums. Other lame excuses for savagery include – slavery, poverty, Nazi Germany, Rodney King. Looking at blacks celebrate the O.J. verdict reveals their hate for whitey. They hate Asians and Latinos even worse. Point the racist finger right back at yourselves

    1. Diane King says:

      Whitey O. — Although I would choose slightly less inflammatory language, I totally agree with you.

  18. vjh says:

    so, she’s also being charged with a hate crime, right??

  19. vjh says:

    @ Rae: “race has NOTHING to do with probability of committing crimes”

    excuse me? It doesn’t?

  20. Yogi Berra says:

    Race matters very much. People deserve to know the reality of black violence so that they can avoid it.

  21. glynda says:

    In the article it states tied up and attacked opposed to false imprisonment and assaulted.

  22. Truth says:

    Ni66az gonna NIg.

  23. JF says:

    Wow. Murder is murder. That simple. It doesn’t matter what color/race/creed/sex the killer or what color/race/creed/sex the victim. Why must the “race card” be constantly pulled, whether it be by a white person, or a black person? We aren’t so different. White people just get a sunburn faster.

  24. Karen says:

    wow what weird comments its murder Its was greed how do you start all this hate toward entire races and each other.SAD ver sad.

  25. Rorschach says:

    Negros rape 37,00 Whites every year per DOJ Statistics. Whites rape Zero. 37,000 is a big number, about the number of people killed in Auto accidents, or nearly the number killed in the entire Vietnam war. This represents a predation of 100 a day.

    No Peace, No Mercy.

  26. rangodue says:

    We need to start collective punishment for these sub human simian beasts. In a case like this one, 500 random blacks should be rounded up and forced to do 35 years of free labor in the service of the state and 100,000 should have all of the welfare, housing and medical benefits taken away.

    This is the only way these subhuman monkies will learn.

  27. JF says:

    I’m guessing there isn’t a moderator reviewing the posts. Many of the above comments are inappropriate and whomever posted them should be ashamed.

    I will agree with those who say that it is unfair to play the race card. I’m so sick of racial stereotyping and the tendency to use a wide brush when judging others. The ability to commit murder isn’t decided by race, just as being a murder victim isn’t decided by race. This was a decision on the part of another person to end another person’s life. A PERSON is dead and she was killed by another PERSON. Food for thought.

    1. Blah says:

      You should write a book, seriously. That’s so true.

  28. Tara says:

    I do believe that race matters here. If it was the other way around, we would not hear as much about it. Because the victim is WHITE there has been a lot of coverage. Both families are suffering, let’s just move on!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Earl P. Holt III says:

    Let’s see if they can get a conviction in the case of a black-on-white murder in D.C.

    My money says NO WAY: Blacks are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy too racist!

  30. Earl P. Holt III says:


    I hate to intrude into fantasy land, but below is a site listing NIGRO SERIAL MURDERERS:

    It only makes sense that those who lead the world in murder, would also be well represented among the ranks of America’s serial murderers…

  31. Earl P. Holt III says:

    Below is a site demonstrating blacks (13% of population) commit over 50% of all KNOWN murders in U.S.:

    There were about 5,000 murders in 2009 where the murderer was not known: I’d bet money most were perpetrated by the same demographic who leads the world in such things…

  32. Blah says:

    I’m confused. We’re blowing this way out of proportion here. Simply, a woman killed her co-worker. We’re not talking about serial killers nor do we need statistics on how blacks do this and how blacks do that. Race isn’t the matter, evolution, or whatever you all are playing at. It simply has to do with mental instablility. Give it a rest, she’s in jail now.

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