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 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.

Stay tuned to Patch this week for more live updates from the Lululemon trial.

Marie October 28, 2011 at 01:16 PM
This is just so sad, I cannot believe how far people will go. She sure did lose it, but what does this argue? We all are capable of "losing it", but most people choose to make the rational decision to walk away, find another alternative, release the anger elsewhere. If she went insane, maybe they would have found her in a corner shaking... but this woman went back out to her car and thought up this sick plan, walked back in, tied up this poor dead womans body, placed foot prints w/ stores shoes in the blood, setup the scene, then tied her own self up, and created this story that 2 men attacked them... so, she is trying to say she went insane during the actual murder, and suddenly came back to her senses to think of this sick plan to cover it up? Yeah right, I'm not buying it and hopefully this court won't either. Not to mention, she made up some sick lie about being locked out to get Murray to come meet her in the first place. This woman is a cold-blooded killer and deserves to spend the remainder of her life in solitude to re-live the massacre she caused and the many lives she impacted b/c of her terrible, reckless choices.
Pam J October 28, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Her attorney said she "lost it" when she killed Murray, so apparently her attorney thinks she's guilty. So what is the issue here? Was she sane when she did it? I honestly think you have to be a little insane to do what she supposedly did. Who, in their right mind, could attack one single person over 300 times with various objects? But if she did it, lock her away forever. She's obviously got a loose screw somewhere in that head of hers.
Laura Brennan October 29, 2011 at 05:26 AM
@ Marie - you know all thus, how? An attorney can believe their client is guilty and still represent them. A remark such as "she lost it" means she may not be guilty if first degree murder, which requires premeditation.
Laura Brennan October 29, 2011 at 05:28 AM
And mental illness can manifest in many different ways. No requirement to be found shaking, in a corner.


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