ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJZ)– Late Wednesday evening, a jury found a Bethesda woman guilty of first-degree murder. She killed a Johns Hopkins grad student inside the upscale store where they worked.

Kai Jackson has heartbreaking reaction from the victim’s family and from jurors.

Jayna Murray’s family stood outside a Montgomery County court Wednesday, their emotions still raw.

“Hearing that we got a first-degree murder verdict was very pleasing,” said Hugh Murray, victim’s brother.

After deliberating for one hour, a jury convicted Brittany Norwood of first-degree murder for killing 30-year-old Jayna Murray inside the Lululemon Athletica shop where the two worked.

The prosecutor says Murray’s life was full of promise.

“But this is a woman with unlimited potential,” said John McCarthy, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney.

The murder happened March 11 at the upscale Bethesda store. Police say Norwood attacked Murray when Murray confronted her about stealing merchandise. Norwood initially told police she and Murray were attacked by two men– a story prosecutors say Norwood fabricated.

“I think she’s been remorseful from day 1 about this,” said Douglas Woods, Norwood’s attorney.

The family and jurors endured sobering testimony and graphic evidence, including pictures of some 300 stabbing and beating wounds police say Norwood inflicted upon Murray. That evidence weighed heavy, yet jurors say testimony from Murray’s mother was powerful.

“What we all did was the most difficult thing when she took the stand,” one juror explained.

“I know the trauma our family has been through,” said Phyllis Murray, victim’s mother.

Brittany Norwood’s lawyer says he plans to ask the judge in the case for life with the possibility of parole at sentencing.

Brittany Norwood is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 27.

Comments (9)
  1. stationnorth says:

    Brittany Norwood should receive the death penalty. She deserves no sympathy for the brutal attack.

  2. Equal crimes says:

    Why should Brittany Norwood get the death penalty and not Walter Bishop? Walter Bishop is the man who killed the gas station owner in a botched murder for hire scheme that would paid him on $9000. Oh, my bad. I forgot: Bishop is white and Norwood is black. That’s right. Maryland is the state that had a leagl moratorium imposed on death penalty executions because blacks were being executed and whites not for similar capital murder cases. Sorry for my feeble minded stupidity.

    1. stationnorth says:

      When it comes to brutal murders, ALL convicted criminals should receive the death penalty no matter the race or ethnicity.. An eye for an eye.

    2. whatnow says:

      They BOTH should get the death penalty.

    3. T says:

      Equal Crimes…his comment doesn’t come close to implying that it’s a black/white thing? Your spin is crazy. I don’t think you’ll find many people that will argue against equal punishment for both crimes (however, I also think the wife is the Walter Bishop case is just as guilty as the Walter and should receive equal sentencing).

  3. JW says:

    They will be out in 10 to 12 years to do it again.

    Maryland has a “Catch and Release” program.

    String Em’ up and charge admission….sell food and drinks…..proceeds to the victims families.

  4. the truth says:

    WJZ, You removed my post you pricks!

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