New Gruesome Details In Lululemon Bethesda Murder Case

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Video: Lululemon Murder Suspect Appears In Court

  • Brittany Norwood was found guilty of first degree murder of co-worker Jayna Murray at the Lululemon Athletica store in Bethesda, Nov. 3, 2011.

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- New, gruesome details were released in a Rockville courtroom Monday. Prosecutors presented their case to a judge in the Lululemon Bethesda murder case.

The prosecutor told the judge Jayna Murray had discovered some clothing from the store inside Brittany Norwood's bag. Then, Murray called the manager minutes after she closed up.

Minutes later, Norwood called to say she had left her wallet in the store and asked Murray to meet her to let her back in.

Investigators say once inside the store, Norwood beat Murray in the head so many times it's impossible to count, crushing her skull and tying something around her neck that severed her spinal cord. Norwood allegedly moved Murray's car and sat in it for an hour and a half before going back to the store, ripping Murray's pants to make it look like she'd been sexually assaulted.

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Norwood allegedly sliced superficial cuts in her own body and tied herself with zip ties. Police say she pulled them closed with her teeth to make it look like someone else had committed the murder.

The prosecutor says he had to present the judge with all that detail to keep Norwood in jail pending trial.

According to prosecutors, when Brittany Norwood's brother asked her Monday in jail if she committed the crime, Norwood said, "I didn't want to disappoint you."

Brittany Norwood stood impassively in a white prison jumpsuit listening to the prosecutor detail the crime. Her lawyer asked the judge to set some kind of bail and he refused.

9NEWS NOW asked the state's attorney if there was any question about her competence to stand trial. He said nothing that he knows of so far.

Jayna Murray's parents have spoken publicly for the first time since their daughter's murder. They told Good Morning America that what they will always remember is her smiles and hugs.

Written by Bruce Leshan

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