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Inside the courtroom: Lululemon trial reaches its climax

Every trial tells a story, and the matter of Maryland vs. Brittany Norwood is reaching its climax.

(Victim Jayna Murray's mother, Phyllis. (AP) | MORE PHHOTOS FROM THE TRIAL )

Norwood’s parents are in the second row too, directly across the aisle, together showing the same expression -- long, long faces that sometimes glance down, sometimes up, but never, at least to my eyes, to the table where their daughter sits alongside her defense lawyers, accused of murder in the first degree.

As the grueling trial nears its end, Murray’s parents were even able to muster laughter this morning when a witness showed he was able to tie his own hands up with zip ties -- as Norwood had allegedly done that night to play victim -- only to find himself all tied up with no way out. A prosecutor cut him loose. Norwood’s parents did not laugh. Their faces remained long.

This morning, testimony reached a critical phase when a shoe pattern expert testified that there were only two sets of footprints inside the Lululemon store on the night Jayna Murray was killed -- Norwood’s and a pair of men’s shoes that she allegedly used to create the appearance of attackers. The jury dutifully took notes.

There were, however, no boogeymen, as Norwood originally suggested.

And then, just before lunch, the prosecution’s star witness took the stand: Jim Drewry, the distinguished, legendary Montgomery County homicide detective heading up his very last case. Dressed in an olive suit, tall and slim, Drewry strode toward the witness stand, took an oath to tell the truth, and began detailing how Norwood had duped him.

“She was a victim,” Drewry told the jury. “That’s what’s written in my notes.”

But under his calm, slow questioning, her story eventually unraveled --- and the jury will see several hours of videotape showing the unraveling this afternoon.

I will be back with more later.


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Michael Rosenwald is a reporter on the Post's local enterprise team. He writes about the intersection of technology, business and culture.


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