Brittany Norwood, 27 (pictured here), is charged with killing her co-worker, 30-year-old Jayna Murray. Norwood tried to cover the murder up by telling police, two masked men had entered the store where they worked in Bethesda, MD the night before and attacked and sexually assaulted them.
But the next morning, another store employee found Jayna Murray dead inside the shop and Norwood injured and bound.
After six days of investigation police now believe that neither woman were sexually assaulted and that Norwood killed Murray following some sort of dispute.
Maryland police were initially inclined to believe Norwood’s account of what happened but her description of the attack didn’t match with forensics and medical evidence police recovered from the scene. Only two sets of footprints were found inside the store, contradicting Norwood’s account that more people were inside. Also workers at the adjacent Apple store reported hearing two women arguing.
Blood and forensics evidence believed to be connected to Norwood were also found inside Murray’s car several blocks from the store in a busy Bethesda shopping district.
Authorities said Murray died of blunt force trauma and stab wounds and no evidence that anyone else was involved in the killing was evident at the time, but the investigation is ongoing.
Norwood was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder.