Lululemon Bethesda slaying arrest announced: Brittany Norwood being charged with murder

Read more about the case here.

The 27-year-old co-worker of the woman killed at a Bethesda yoga store, who originally was portrayed as a victim in the violent outburst, has been charged in the killing of Jayna T. Murray, according to Montgomery County police chief Thomas Manger.

Manger identified the co-worker as Brittany Norwood and said she is being charged with first-degree murder.

Manger said that the evidence found in the case did not match up with what Norwood had originally said.

“In fact, it was taking us in another direction,” Manger said.


Jayna Murray

Manger said that evidence was found in Murray’s car, which was found in a parking lot a few blocks away, and that detectives determined that there were two sets of footprints at the crime scene — one belonging to Norwood and one from a size 14 shoe that was recovered in the store.

Two sources said that, at this point, it appears no one else was involved. Manger called it a “very active investigation.”

Manger said that people working in a neighboring store had heard two women arguing but wouldn't detail anything more about a motive or the timing of the argument.

At 9 p.m. Friday, Murray, 30, and Norwood closed Lululemon. At 9:45 p.m., they set the alarm, locked the store and left.

A short time later, Manger said, Norwood said that she had left something behind, called =Murray, and the two met back at the store. They entered the front door at 10:05 p.m., police said.

Police at first said that two men followed the woman in the store, wearing dark clothing and ski masks.


(MATT MCCLAIN/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Norwood is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning, Manger said.

[This post has been updated.]

Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.
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