Forensic Investigator Testifies at Lululemon Trial
Jury is shown items found near Jayna Murray's body, including box cutters, a toolbox and a merchandise peg.
There were tears in the courtroom Thursday as prosecutors played a video taken at the Lululemon crime scene March 12, hours after Brittany Norwood and the body of her co-worker Jayna Murray were discovered.
The video was played as the jury heard the testimony of Amanda Kraemer, a forensic investigator with Montgomery County police. Kraemer, who processed the crime scene and collected evidence that day, narrated as the video played.
Images of toppled mannequins, blood and bloody footprints, and brooms and ladders strewn across the floor were visible on the video. In the back women's restroom, there was blood on the floor and shattered glass from a broken vase.
Finally, the camera panned to the area awash in blood where Murray's body was discovered in a rear hallway, inciting emotion in the courtroom.
Norwood stands accused of first-degree murder in the case and her trial is ongoing at Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville. Prosecutors have said Norwood killed Murray and used up to eight instruments from inside the shop to injure her, including a knife, a hammer, a wrench and a mannequin peg. They say Murray had discovered Norwood attempting to steal from the store. Norwood staged the crime scene to make it appear as though the two women had been attacked and lied to police to cover up the crime, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors say Murray sustained at least 322 injuries, the majority of which occurred while was still alive.
Norwood's defense is attempting to prove Norwood "lost it" and killed Murray during a fight, but the prosecution is arguing Norwood lured Murray back to the store and pre-meditated the attack.
Thursday, Kraemer described what she saw at the scene and showed the jury items -- entered into evidence -- she recovered there. The items included box cutters, a merchandise peg, and a hammer.
At the crime scene, Kraemer said she noticed items strewn above bloody footprints on the floor without traces of blood on them. In his opening arguments Wednesday, McCarthy said this indicated there were "late arrivals" to the scene -- items placed there after the footprints were left.
Maureen Reges, a forensic nurse who examined Norwood, also testified that she didn't find evidence that Norwood was sexually assaulted as she had claimed. In her testimony, Reges said Norwood asked her about Murray's condition.
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