Suspect Denied Bail in Yoga Worker's Killing, Fake Rape

She made up alleged assailants: cops
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2011 6:52 PM CDT
Brittany Norwood Ordered Held in Murder, Fake Rape of Co-Worker at Upscale Bethesda Yoga Clothes Shop
Brittany Norwood, who police say killed a woman found dead inside a yoga clothing store in Bethesda, Md., then made up a story about the two being attacked by masked men.   (Md.) Police Department)

A woman who police say brutally killed a co-worker at an upscale yoga shop in Bethesda, then claimed that both women had been violently raped, is being held without bail after her first hearing today. "Her cunning and her ability to lie is almost unparalleled," a Maryland state's attorney told the judge of Brittany Norwood. Jayna Murray was found with a severed spinal cord and wounds "too numerous to count" on the morning of March 12; Norwood was bound by her side.

Investigators began searching for the two men Norwood said attacked them after Murray let her in the Lululemon shop after hours to retrieve her wallet. Authorities determined neither woman has sustained sexual assault, reports the AP, and now say that Norwood killed Murray because she suspected Norwood of stealing from the store. Norwood was charged Friday. Click for more background on the story. (More yoga stories.)

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