Brittany Norwood Sentenced To Life In 'Cold-Blooded, Brutal' Murder Of Yoga Store Co-Worker

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Jan. 28 2012, Published 5:00 a.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

A visibly angry judge sentenced Brittany Norwood to life without the possibility of parole in the murder of her yoga store co-worker Jayna Murray.

Calling her actions "cold-blooded, brutal, calculated, deliberate, devious, malicious,”  Montgomery County, MD Circuit Court Judge Robert Greenberg glared at Norwood Friday, as he sentenced her in the Lululemon Athletica store attack.

In an after-hours confrontation sparked by Norwood’s attempt to steal a pair of yoga pants, authorities said, she bludgeoned, choked and stabbed Murray, using at least five weapons to inflict more than 330 separate wounds. Then she gave herself a few minor wounds, bound her own hands and ankles, and initially fooled detectives with an elaborate tale about a pair of masked intruders.

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“You’re one hell of a liar," the judge said.

At her trial last year, Norwood, 29, admitted to killing the popular Murray, but her defense argued it was not premeditated and requested a second degree murder charge.

The judge, prosecutors and the jury disagreed.

The savagery of the killing, Judge Greenberg said, is “nothing short of astounding to me.”



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