Five days into the murder trial of Brittany Norwood, the Lululemon employee accused of killing her coworker, Jayna Murray, and there is still no clear answer as to what prompted the deadly attack. The judge on Monday ruled the prosecution could not introduce witness testimony that would lay out a motive for Norwood's crime -- that Murray accused Norwood of stealing merchandise from the Bethesda yoga store -- because it would be hearsay.
Maryland State’s Attorney John McCarthy started the second week of the trial by calling Norwood “manipulative” and “cunning.” He brought to the witness stand a police detective who interviewed Norwood after coworker Jayna Murray's death. Norwood was shaking and crying as she described a false tale of an attack by two men, the detective said.
The detective said he became suspicious right after leaving Norwood. A few days later, police said Norwood was the one who attacked and killed Murray.
Witnesses on Monday began offering specifics about the death of Murray. A blood spatter analyst took the stand for the prosecution, outlining more details about the crime scene. "A substantial beating had occurred" in the back of the store, the analyst, Dr. William Vosburgh, told the court.
It began with the two women standing up, and moved to where they were crouching, sitting, and ended with Murray lying on the floor, Vosburgh said, though he added putting together a picture of what happened was like "trying to put together a book after all of the pages had been torn out."
Forensic biologist Erin Farr also took the stand, saying a "majority of the blood found on Brittany's left hand was Jayna's."
Brittany Norwood, clad in a black suit, listened to Vosburgh's testimony, and looked around the courtroom -- a marked difference from her actions during the trial last week, where she kept her eyes downcast for long periods of time.
Last week, testimony included that of neighbors and coworkers of the two women, as well as employees of the Apple Store next door to the Bethesda yoga shop, who testified that they heard a fight in the store that evening.
Jayna Murray's family has been in the courtroom each day of the trial, and today is no exception. Family members took detailed notes as the blood spatter analyst testified.