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Monday
Mar212011

Yoga Shop Murder Spawned by Argument over Stolen Merchandise?

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BETHESDA, Md.) -- Brittany Norwood, the Maryland woman accused of murdering her co-worker in a yoga shop and then staging a fake crime, was in possession of stolen merchandise at the time of the killing, state prosecutors said.

A confrontation between Norwood and 30-year-old Jayna Murray over the stolen merchandise may have led to Murray's death, State Attorney John McCarthy said.

Appearing in a Montgomery County courtroom via video conference, Norwood was ordered to be held without bond.

During the court hearing, new details emerged about the alleged attack. Prosecutors claim the struggle between Norwood and Murray at the Lululemon Athletic shop in Bethesda, Md., may have lasted more than 20 minutes, ABC Affiliate WJLA reported.

The blows to Murray's head were too numerous to count. Her skull was fractured and spinal cord severed by a wound that extended through her neck, WJLA reported.

Norwood was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Murray, her co-worker at the store.

Police discovered the crime scene March 12 at store in Bethesda. Murray was dead and Norwood was bound with her hands tied above her head.

Police say Norwood told them that after closing up the store for the night on March 11, she and Murray, a fellow employee, returned to pick up the wallet she had forgotten at work. Two masked men followed them in, bound them, sexually assaulted them and when Murray resisted, they beat and stabbed her to death, police say Norwood told them.

But Norwood's story apparently didn't add up. Medical examiners found no evidence of sexual assault on either victim. Only two sets of footprints were found -- Norwood's, and one from a pair of shoes found at the scene, which police theorized Norwood used to plant false footprints.

When Norwood was found by a store employee opening up the next morning, police say the position she was tied in, with her hands bound above her head, was suspicious to police, suggesting she might have fastened the bonds herself.

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Sunday
Mar202011

Victim-Turned-Suspect Goes to Court in Murder Case

Comstock/Thinkstock(BETHESDA, Md.) -- It wasn't just that some of Brittany Norwood's story didn't add up. From the moment police entered the crime scene March 12 at the Lululemon store in Bethesda, Md., nothing made sense.

"Almost none of it matched up," former FBI agent Brad Garrett said as he surveyed the scene at Lululemon, where the windows were full of flowers, notes and pictures of Jayna Murray, who police say was murdered in the store.

Norwood, 27, told police that after closing up the store for the night on March 11, she and Murray, a fellow employee, returned to pick up the wallet she had forgotten at work. Two masked men followed them in, bound them, sexually assaulted them and when Murray, 30, resisted, they beat and stabbed her to death, Norwood said.

But police said medical examiners found no evidence of sexual assault on either victim. Only two sets of footprints were found -- Norwood's, and one from a pair of shoes found at the scene, which police theorized Norwood used to plant false footprints.

When Norwood was found by a store employee opening up the next morning, police say the position she was tied in, with her hands bound above her head, was suspicious, suggesting she might have fastened the bonds herself. Murray's car had also been moved, and was spattered with the blood of Norwood, who told police her assailants ordered her to repark the car, which had been outside the store, and return in 10 minutes or be killed.

Workers at the Apple computer store next door told police that on the night of the killing, they heard two women arguing.

Norwood's wounds were superficial, while Murray's were deep and penetrating. The crime scene was sprayed with blood, which Garrett said suggests an act carried out in intense rage.

Police were at first stymied for a motive, but now they say they believe it was a workplace dispute that turned lethal, possibly after Murray accused Norwood of stealing from the store.

Norwood, who is charged with first-degree murder, faces a Monday court appearance.

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