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Detectives Announce an Arrest for the Homicide of Jayna
DEPARTMENT OF POLICE
MEDIA SERVICES DIVISION
2350 RESEARCH BOULEVARD ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND 20850-3294
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
March 18, 2011
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Media Services Division, 240-773-5030
Murray that Occurred at the Lululemon Athletica Store
A team of detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Homicide/Sex Section and forensic technicians has been dedicated to investigating the homicide and alleged sexual assault of 30-year-old Jayna Troxel Murray, from the 1000 block of Arlington Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia; and the alleged sexual assault of her 27-year-old female co-worker. The murder and alleged sexual assaults occurred on March 11, inside the “lululemon athletica” women’s athletic clothing store located at 4856 Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda.
Today detectives announced the results of their extensive investigation. Investigators determined that the “victim” co-worker, Brittany Erin Norwood, from an unconfirmed address in Washington, D.C., murdered Jayna Murray and fabricated an account of the incident. After further investigation it was determined that neither woman was sexually assaulted. Norwood was arrested this afternoon at the Montgomery County Police Headquarters in Rockville. She is being charged with first-degree murder, and will be held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center. The exact motive for this homicide remains under investigation but it is known that Norwood and Murray were engaged in a verbal argument prior to the murder. Forensic Services technicians recovered two sets of bloody foot prints inside the store. One set was determined to belong to Norwood. The second set of foot prints was determined to have been made from a pair of shoes for use by lululemon customers when determining the appropriate length of pants. The shoes were recovered in the store during the processing of the scene.
Much of the information about what had occurred had been provided to detectives by Norwood. It is now known that she made up her account that there were two male suspects dressed all in black wearing masks and gloves. It was confirmed through the investigation that the store alarm was set at 9:45 p.m. and that the two women entered the store at 10:05 p.m. It was confirmed that on Saturday, March 12, a female store manager arrived to open the store at approximately 8:00 a.m. She found the front door unlocked and when she stepped inside could tell that items in the store had been disturbed. She also heard some faint noise coming from the back of the store. Police were called at approximately 8:12 a.m., and 2nd District officers responded to the store for the report of a burglary. They found Murray dead inside at the back of the store. They also found Norwood bound and injured, but still alive. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment and was released later in the week.
An autopsy performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore determined the cause of Murray’s death to be blunt force trauma and stab wounds.
The Montgomery County Police Department wishes to express its gratitude to the business community organized by the Greater Bethesda Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, the Crime Solvers organization, and to concerned community members for their contributions to a reward fund for information that lead to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspect(s) responsible for this felony crime. The investigation is continuing but at this time because Norwood’s arrest came from detectives’ investigation and not from a tip, there will not be a reward distribution.
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Brittany Erin Norwood