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Documents: Suspect In Yoga Store Slaying Severed Victim’s Spine

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — There are disturbing new details on the murder at a high-end athletic store in Bethesda.  Prosecutors laid out new information as they convinced a judge not to allow any bail for the woman accused of killing her co-worker and trying to make it look like they were both attacked and raped by strangers.

Andrea Fujii has more on what prosecutors say led up to the violent attack.

They say the victim discovered stolen items inside the suspect’s bag and confronted her, leading to a violent 20-minute struggle between the two of them and hundreds of lies by the suspect to cover it up.

Prosecutors call Brittany Norwood, 28, a cunning liar for making up a story that she and her co-worker Jayna Murray were beaten and raped by two men on March 12 inside the Lululemon store on Bethesda Avenue. 

Instead, prosecutors detailed in court and charging documents what they say really happened.  They accuse Norwood of violently attacking Murray, crushing her skull, severing her spine and hitting her over the head countless times.

Prosecutors say the motive behind the attack is that Murray confronted Norwood over items she believed were stolen from the store.

“The young woman, Jayna, did in fact call her store manager to report what she thought had been a theft.  That’s what’s stated in open court.  Beyond that, I’m not going to speculate,” said Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

Prosecutors contend Norwood’s lies only began to unravel once they asked her how her blood was found inside the victim’s car.  Police say Norwood changed her story and said the suspects made her move the victim’s car in the middle of the night or they would kill her.  Detectives say Norwood even used a pair of men size 14 shoes kept in the store to fake an attacker’s footprints. 

When detectives asked Norwood if Murray started the fight, Norwood said yes but would not say more.

Jayna Murray’s parents told “Good Morning America” they’re thankful for the Montgomery County police detectives cracking the case.

“The main message that I would send is we believe very, very strongly in the U.S. justice system and we are going to let the justice system prevail,” they said.

Norwood’s next court hearing has been scheduled for April 15.

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  1. whatnow says:

    My sympathies to the Murray family. This is a sad, sad story and a sad, sad commentary of what our society has become. Now in the retail trade you not only have to fear robbery, you have to fear your co-worker. I pray for peace and strength for this family in the time ahead.

  2. Herman Glimsher says:

    ARE WE GONNA FIND OUT THE REAL MOTIVE FOR THIS??? IT SEEMS UNLIKELY THAT SHE WAS KILLED OVER AN ARGUMENT……….THERE HAS GOT TO BE MORE TO IT THAN THAT!!!!!!

    1. Herman Glimsher says:

      OH, I SEE THEY DID FIND OUT THE REAL MOTIVE……….TAHT WASN’T STATED IN THE ORIGINAL STORY………..

  3. Darlene says:

    be very careful with your words youself1

  4. Ronald Lee Norman says:

    Montgomery County Police are the Best. They solve cases like this quick. They got the D.C. Sniper. They should be the ones to trian other dept. thruout Maryland. Prayers go out to the Murray Family.

  5. Char says:

    Very Sad story.. I pray for both families. It’s a devastating loss for both families…Frankly it doesn’t matter how the argument started or what the real truth is, she killed a person and that person is gone forever and now the killer’s life is ruined forever!!

  6. willie man hanging says:

    Mont’gy police are good, I must admit. The other counties should look into their procedures for qualifying & training. Bet they all have a degree & some with advanced education. Balto city, AA cty, a joke & a jobs work program sponsored by the dumb ass taxpayers.

  7. Free2speak2 says:

    IT GOT TO BE MORE TO THIS STORY. SO VERY SAD!!!!

  8. Death Penalty says:

    This kind of act is why it should be allowed in MD…I think rehabilitation and tax payers money is impossible for someone this sick…

  9. Char says:

    Willie Man Hanging, go get a life!! I don’t color has to do with anything, How about those low life crack head hill billies that commit massive killings on college campuses, gov’t buildings, schools, malls or wherever else they feel the need to commit their dumb selfish crimes!!

    1. me 1 says:

      wha about that gorilla wayne williams that killed lall those black kids in atlanta years ago you racist jerk

  10. tylerjake says:

    All personal attacks aside, the question is why wasn’t this woman fired in the FIRST place? They just transferred her to the other store? Apparently she was already known to be a problem. Perhaps if she’d been fired instead of transferred this lady would still be alive.

    1. Diane King says:

      I have not read that she was transferred because she was a problem, but that would certainly be believable. If she was stealing from the store obviously she has no work ethic, or ethics in general, even before she committed this horrible murder. Unfortunately, firing minorities can be tricky because they’ll often cry racism even when that has nothing to do with it. So managers have to find alternate ways to deal with problem employees. And before someone jumps all over me, I have seen this situation occur many times.

  11. Pooh says:

    Char, no one mentioned anything about color, stop tripping, you looking for an argument. I am glad Montgomery County Police department is doing thier JOB. This is so sad. If Norwood was a problem from a different store and was transferred to this store, someone should be fired. I believe Ms. Murray would still be alive also if she had been fired in the first place. Damn!

  12. Pooh says:

    Char, no one mentioned anything about color, stop tripping, you looking for an argument. I am glad Montgomery County Police department is doing thier JOB. This is so sad. If Norwood was a problem from a different store and was transferred to this store, someone should be fired. I believe Ms. Murray would still be alive also if she had been fired in the first place.

  13. LETHALINJECTION says:

    KILL HER AND BEAT HER SKULL IN! Why does there have to be more to the story? She is a P.O.S murderer, thief! She’ll do great in jail.. ENJOY TAX PAYERS! ANOTHER AHOLE THAT WE GOTTA PAY FOR!

  14. j smith says:

    Montgomery county police are paid very well.. you get what you pay for.

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