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Brittany Norwood's Motive, State Of Mind And Web Of Lies In Lululemon Murder Case

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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) -- Less than a day after Brittany Norwood was convicted of first degree murder in the slaying of her lululemon co-worker, Jayna Murray, people are still talking about this horrific crime.

Outside the Apple Store in Bethesda, where employees who heard Jayna Murray's cries for help failed to call 9-1-1, someone laid out flowers depicting the number 331. That's the number of injuries Murray suffered at the hands of Brittany Norwood.

"What it showed us is that somebody was extremely, extremely agitated and that this was a personal attack," said Montgomery County Police Captain David Gillespie, the head of the Major Crimes Division. He calls it one of the most horrendous crimes he has ever investigated in his 22 years with the Department. And Brittany Norwood's suspected motive, no excuse for the savage attack.

"I believe that she really felt that she did not want to be accused of or looked at as someone who potentially had stolen from the store," he said.

Norwood's web of lies unraveled within days of the crime.

"At the point where she let us know that she had come in to police headquarters and had denied ever being in Jayna Murray's vehicle," he said.

DNA evidence told a different story. Capt. Gillespie also shed new light on Norwood's state of mind the night of the murder.

"She worked her shift and we don't believe she was under the influence of drugs when that occurred and she had a clear mindset what she was doing when she did this horrible crime," she said.

The money missing from the three cash registers has never been recovered, but police believe Norwood took that too. The Department says Norwood's conviction won't bring Jayna Murray back, but it is the right verdict.

Judge Robert Greenberg will sentence Norwood on January 27th. She faces life without the possibility of parole. The defense has the right to appeal within 30 days of sentencing. 

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