BETHESDA, Md. (WJZ)—Family members of the woman convicted of murdering her co-worker at a Lululemon clothing store in Bethesda last year are begging a judge to allow her the possibility of parole.

Derek Valcourt has more on the written pleas for mercy.

Prosecutors argue the defendant should never be allowed to walk free again. But the killer’s family says she deserves a second chance with parole.

WJZ obtained the passionate letters to Judge Robert Greenburg–letters written by friends and family of Brittany Norwood. The 29-year-old was convicted in March of murdering her co-worker, 30-year-old Jayna Murray, inside the upscale Lululemon clothing shop in Bethesda where the two worked.

Police say Norwood attacked Murray when Murray confronted her about stealing merchandise. Norwood initially created an elaborate lie to cover up the crime, saying she and Murray were attacked by two men.

But evidence showed Murray endured 331 stabbing, cutting, beating and choking wounds before she died. It took a jury just one hour to find her guilty of first-degree murder, bringing justice for Murray’s family.

“I know the trauma our family has been through.  I want no other family to go through this,” said Phyllis Murray, victim’s mother.

The victim’s family and the prosecutors say Norwood is beyond rehabilitation and should spend the rest of her life locked up.

But in the letters, Norwood’s many family members ask the judge to show mercy by sentencing her to life with parole.

Her father Earl Norwood wrote to the judge saying, “I know Brittany is a good person and will do everything in her power to make amends for what has happened if given a chance.  I love my daughter more than words can say, and I know she is worthy of a chance.”

If the judge does allow the possibility of parole, under Maryland law Norwood would have to serve at least 25 years in prison before she would be eligible.

Sentencing for Norwood is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday in Rockville.

Comments (30)
  1. Diane King says:

    On what basis does this chick deserve any leniency?? Her rage and the violent nature of the assault are horrifying!

  2. In the name of justice says:

    The day this woman killed another human being the family lost it’s right to ask for anything. May she rot in hell.

  3. Wiseguy says:

    Just another low life thug that the taxpayers of MD will end up supporting while she spends her entire life getting free room and board,cable TV,education,etc,etc.

    Hang Em,……Hang Em. High.

  4. Your Kidding says:

    ask the family of the person who she killed and if they say yes to giving her anything less than life behind bars it shud come from them, I personally believe if you “Murder” someone than your lucky that she doesnt recive the death penalty for her crime…..that poor woman she worked with didnt deserve to die

  5. NO! says:

    Not now ….not ever!….she killed some woman who told on her for stealing…so not only is she a murderer she is also a theif….why wud her family even think for a moment she shud see any freedom….if it was the other way around would they want the other woman to be set free…Dont even ask…thats ridiculous to even think off…whats to stop her from killing again?

  6. Jennifer says:

    Sorry but she doesn’t deserve parole……EVER!!!!

    And her parents are even sorrier for asking!

    1. wllharrington says:

      Exactly. If she gets life without parole she will still live longer than the woman she brutally murdered.

  7. How it is...howit should be says:

    I agree with all the comments on the site – and before anyone says it, I don’t care if she’s white, black, purple, or yellow. The crime and the weapons use to commit the crime are horrific in nature and for that reason, there is no good reason to give this “person” parole. She knew what she was doing when she thought of the plot, staged a fake crime scene, and most of all she knew what she was doing when she murdered Jayne. Leniency is something you ask for when you get a speeding ticket, not when you take the life of someone.

    1. Georgeanna says:

      Mt thoughts exactly.

  8. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Show her the same mercy that she gave that beautiful innocent woman who’s life she took.

  9. Sharon says:

    She wasn’t being lenient when she beat Ms. Murray to death. She deserves just what she gets…LIFE until dead.

  10. Amanda says:

    Nope, it would be ridiculous.

    Hey, while we’re at it, let’s let some other convicted murderes get a second chance, too! I’m sure they deserve some mercy, even though they didn’t show any to their victims.

    Seriously. I feel bad for both families, but deal with it. She messed up and should pay the price.

  11. big tom says:

    I have no compassion for the family of this low life murderous criminal, malice aforethought and intent, she knew exactly what she was doing and derserves not one chance for parole, the victim got no mercy. I say lock her in a room for 30 minutes with the victims family, no questions asked, if she comes out ok then she got all the mercy she deserves, but we all know what will happen and that would be a good thing.

  12. trying to be positive says:

    This young lady had a progressive life until the death of her co-worker. Something bad could have happened to make her snap and act so irrational and violent. Everyone deserves a chance. If she is paroled she would be in her 50’s and may just be able to contribute something positive to society.

    1. Just Wow says:

      When someone who has led a “progressive” life “just snaps”, they don’t normally inflict 331 stabbing, cutting, beating and choking wounds. That is no mere lashing out, it is a sustained and unusually violent attack. She essentially tortured the co-worker to death just because she was caught out being a thief. This so-called woman is little more than a filthy rabid animal. She is a menace to society and prison is exactly where she belongs, forever.

    2. Get a grip says:

      She was not leading a progressive life….she was STEALING and for god knows how long and from how many before she got caught. Honey, she didn’t snap because the world is a cruel place, she snapped because she got caught STEALING. No. She was leading a life of crime, marching Progressively toward prison.

    3. Vickie Sandsbury says:

      What CHANCE did the VICTIM HAVE? 0% CHANCE! NO second chances here!!

  13. Ernie says:

    “But evidence showed Murray endured 331 stabbing, cutting, beating and choking wounds before she died.” That doesn’t just sound like murder, that sounds like she was tortured until dead.
    Mercy for her? Yeah right. She should get the same she gave.

    1. Just Wow says:

      Exactly. And then this: “Her father Earl Norwood wrote to the judge saying “I know Brittany is a good person and will do everything in her power to make amends for what has happened if given a chance.” What is he smoking???? She is NOT a good person. And there is no way to make amends for this wrongful, drawn-out, unusually violent murder. You don’t even see this level of violence from most male murderers. For a female to do this shows she’s a real danger to society and not a “good person” by any stretch of the imagination.

  14. MD DAD says:

    Mr. Norwood,
    Ms. Murray’s family “loved her more than words can say”. So where is their daughter’s second chance?

  15. REALLY says:

    It always amazes me when people fail to see a situation from another person’s perspective. Can you imagine how this family would have reacted had the situation been reversed? They would be screaming for the death penalty! This girl comes from a family that places her on a pedestal and to he11 with anyone she hurts in her march toward a “progressive” life.

  16. sharon says:

    Just another example of the “Black entitlement mentality” that they were raised on & have come to expect without any accountability. Government raised & bred= freebies & no responsibility.

    1. Know YOUR facts says:

      Lets not start with the racist comments. The law is the law and she deserves to go to jail w/o parol. What “entitlement mentality” do you speak of? Read your history books Sharon. I don’t think Blacks are the race that thinks they are ENTITLED to everything. Land, human slave trade ect……….. Oh and I do believe there are more whites using government assistance than blacks.

      1. larry says:

        i agree with you completely,however i cant help but wonder,had the event been

        the reverse,would the norwood family have received the same coverage attention and sympathy

      2. commonsense711 says:

        She deserves the death sentence

      3. Think again says:

        No, know YOUR facts:

        There are 4.4M people on welfare
        We spend $650B/yr on welfare
        Statistically, the racial make-up of distribution looks like this:
        Caucasians make up 63.7% of the population
        Make up 39% of welfare recipients
        African Americans make up just over 12.2% of the population
        Make up 38% of welfare recipients
        Hispanic/Latinos make up 16.3% of the population
        Make up 16% of welfare recipients
        ALL OTHER make up only about 8% of the national population
        Account for only about 6% of welfare recipients

        AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children)
        US Census Beauro

        Now, to put that into perspective, look at a class room with 20 kids and a jar of 100 jelly beans. Here’s how it looks:
        13 white kids split 39 jelly beans, that,s 3 beans per kid
        2 black kids split 38 jelly beans, that’s 19 beans per kid
        3 Hispanic kids split 16 jelly beans, that’s 5’ish beans per kid
        2 Native/Asian/other kids split 7 jelly beans, that’s about 3’ish beans per kid

        Sooooo…. I’d say, “You do the math.”, but I already did it. These a the plain facts…facts…not twisted facts.

      4. Think again says:

        sorry for the bureau typo

    2. keets says:

      you’re an idiot

  17. Sick of Sharon says:

    Sounds like Sharon did not take her meds today. You need some BBC in your life and then you would feel entitlement too.

    I am so sick and tired of all the racist comments.

  18. Ryan says:

    It doesn’t matter who she was in the past. She took someone’s life and she must pay for it with no mercy. I feel sorry for both families in this horrible story, but what the murderer had done was impossible for receiving a second chance. I agree that we could get mad sometimes, but it was her fault from the beginning, so she has no right to blame on anything for her murder crime. The people who have to bear the loss are both family members and the victim. One life trades one life. That’s equal. At least she can live in jail for the rest of her life and pray for being forgiven for her sin ; it’s still better than the victim who had to get more than 300 wounds to death in the extreme pain. No matter who you are, what your skin color is, what age you are at, it’s just simple that you have to pay a good price for your crime since you commit to it. That’s all.

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