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Medical Examiner: 'She Was Alive'

Medical Examiner Mary Ripple testified Jayna Murray was alive as she suffered at least 331 wounds.

Jayna Murray sustained at least 331 injuries before she died, and she was alive for all of them, according to testimony given today at the Lululemon trial by medical examiner Mary Ripple.

Ripple testified that bruising and bleeding around the wounds indicated that Murray was alive during the attack.

"She had a pulse, she had a blood pressure, she was bleeding into the wounds—she was alive," Ripple said.

Murray's co-worker, Brittany Norwood, stands accused of killing Murray, another Lululemon employee, at the downtown Bethesda shop March 11. The prosecution is seeking to prove Norwood pre-meditated the attack, while Norwood's defense is seeking to prove Norwood and killed Murray in a "horrific fight."

The estimation as to the number of injuries was "conservative" said Ripple, who conducted Murray's autopsy. Up to 105 of the wounds were defensive—meaning Murray was using her arms or legs to defend herself, Ripple said. Among her injuries, Ripple testified, Murray sustained multiple cuts, bruises, abrasions and cutting wounds; six blunt force wounds to her head and another blunt force wound that crushed her skull; and a stab wounds to her shoulder, one to her lower back and two to the back of her head.

Injuries to her chin and a ligature mark to her neck also suggested a rope, Ripple said—a rope was recovered at the scene and robe fibers, along with bloody hair, were discovered in Murray's hand, Ripple said.

The blunt force injuries to Murray's skull caused bruising to the internal portion of her brain, Ripple said, which takes a "tremendous amount of force." Ripple said she had seen similar injuries in car accident victims.

Ripple said the injuries could have been consistent with a merchandise peg, one of the weapons the prosecution contends Norwood used against Murray.

"You need something with weight behind it, something that swings with a lot of force," Ripple said.

Ultimately, Ripple testified, Murray was killed by a knife wound to the back of her neck that pierced her brain—an injury after which she could survive only less than a minute. Ripple said it appeared to be "one of the later" injuries.

Besides the merchandise peg, State's Attorney John McCarthy held up several other items found at the scene—including a wrench, a hammer and a rope—and asked whether they would be consistent with Murray's injuries. She replied yes.

The Murray family stepped out of the courtroom prior to Ripple's testimony, during which the jury was shown nine autopsy photographs of Murray's body. The photos were shown on a screen that faced the jury, not on an overhead projector.

The state wanted to show all 37 autopsy photographs, but the defense had objected to the jury seeing the images, saying it would be "unduly prejudicial" to Norwood.

Montgomery County Circuit Court judge Robert Greenberg ruled that the nine photographs could be shown because they were relevant to the state's attempt to prove the Norwood pre-meditated the attack and used multiple weapons against Murray.

Ripple testified there were at least five weapons used in the attack.

On cross-examination, Wood asked Ripple whether Murray could have been knocked unconscious before sustaining the injuries, to which she replied yes.

WTOP is reporting that the defense will not call witnesses.

Jose S. Pratts November 03, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Texas do put people behind bars, that was another stupid remark,
Robbin Brenk November 03, 2011 at 02:33 PM
At times I don't feel that a death sentence is appropiate but this case is different. Norwood deserves no less than the death penalty, case closed.
Robbin Brenk November 03, 2011 at 02:36 PM
If you believe that that _unt Casey Anthony was innocent no matter what the jury said, you need to have your head examined and maybe use it for somethoing other than a hat rack.
jodi November 03, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Robbin Brenk 10:36am on Thursday, November 3, 2011 If you believe that that _unt Casey Anthony was innocent no matter what the jury said, you need to have your head examined and maybe use it for somethoing other than a hat rack. Now, why on earth did you address this post to me? I am not the one who posted it. It was sent to my email.
jodi November 03, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Jose S. Pratts 10:12am on Thursday, November 3, 2011 It does not matter who they hire, stupid remark........people just mind their business there isnt nothing wrong with that, people die everyday this wont end it is called everyday life and reality I received this in my email...but not directed to one of my post as I did not write anything about the workers at Apple.
jodi November 03, 2011 at 02:52 PM
Jose S. Pratts 10:16am on Thursday, November 3, 2011 Texas do put people behind bars, that was another stupid remark, Texas does put people behind bars...yes they do but when someone has been convicted of 1st degree murder, they get the death penalty.
jodi November 03, 2011 at 03:03 PM
SANDY When I saw that article I think I understand why the other employees did nothing to stop the situation. If she was anything like the girl I encountered I really understand!!!! Sandy, if what happened to you had happened to me, I would have been to the manager of the store so fast and I am sure you would do the same. Now if the person treating you that way were the owner of the store, why not just leave the junk on the counter and walk out of the dump and not patronize the place? Did the clothes mean that much to you that you had to take that kind of abuse? Come on!!!! There is no sale or any clothing, food or anything worth that to me! I have left cartloads of items in stores at the register when I have encountered rude service from an employee and reported it to their manager. There is no excuse for that type of behavior. Now I have to ask you, are you saying you condone what Norwood did to Murray because Murray may have angered her or may have belittled her? If you condone such an act then you are saying Norwood belongs in a jungle somewhere because I have been angered to the point where I felt like I could kill someone but I certainly do not act upon it. That is the difference between being human and being an animal. When animals kill, we put them down!
Lauren November 03, 2011 at 03:04 PM
This is @Sandy. Because of your skin color?? I run into total biotch sales people ALL the time--same scenario as yours-refuse to comp sale price, have no clue of store policy-let alone follow it. they are black and white, same crap, diff store! i don't care if the ''asians'' were more pleasant, the biotch cashier didn't withold the sale prices b/c of your skin color, it's bc she's a lazy piece of garbage like alllllll too many employed here in the US. I've been called a cracker (under their breath), 'snow'-ask for the mgr-same lowlife type with NO sense of customer service, let alone anything else (and guess who's doing the hiring??). Less the names, I've gotten same crap service from whites-and NO, it's not ME, I hear same from friends and family-we just don't claim it's bc of our skin color. Not saying racism isn't alive and well, but it DAMN straight doesn't just come from WHITE people and assure you, jackass sales people are just that.
Lauren November 03, 2011 at 03:05 PM
hopefully, someone is prison will take her off the tax payers' hands
Lauren November 03, 2011 at 03:11 PM
heck she'll probably get paid for movie rights (go to victim's family) and then barry schek can question dna, and jesse and al sharpton will jump in for exposure. what a waste of oxygen, get her off the planet.
Lauren November 03, 2011 at 03:13 PM
yeah, one locally tried the defense, "black rage" after killing supervisor...luckily it didn't fly...if so then: white rage, asian rage, aussie rage--everyone has a right to rage, equal means equal. kill? like this no less? dead before she hits the ground and fed to pigs
Jose S. Pratts November 03, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Very funny, people can say what they want she is free and that all that matters.......I am glad she is free.......case closed......
Jose S. Pratts November 03, 2011 at 03:27 PM
I see that lauren has an issue of her own personally, get over it......It seems you are very hateful yourself so quit your whinning.......
Catalystnow November 03, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Gosh I deal with ethnocentrism daily, and I am white. A s a diversity trainer; ageism,handicaps and class levels are the true prejudices. And 4 Christmases ago, I was denied service repeatedly at Macys, Corporate acted swiftly, and fired alot of Haters. Ms. Murry was a leader, active, an achiever and as most people unfamiliar with this degree of hatred . I would be doubly outraged if she was black.
Roberta November 03, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Heinous crime, by a devil's worker. She needs to be thrown into the pits of hell and anyone else who condones a murder! Deemed innocent or not by a jury...blasphemy! OJ (GUILTY); Casey Anothony (GUILTY); Brittany Norwood (GUILTY); MANSON (GUILTY) What do they have in common: NOT COLOR---it's PURE EVIL!!!
Jose S. Pratts November 03, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Casey anthony (innocent) that was the one you made a mistake on
Roberta November 03, 2011 at 04:17 PM
@ Jose, Casey Anthony is gulity...don't be ignorant!
Jose S. Pratts November 03, 2011 at 04:22 PM
@Roberta you are the ignorant one, get over it already the case is closed . She is free and I am glad, dont judge because some people dont agree with your opinion.....I hope she makes money, so hate me for my opinion I dont care.......BYE!!
Roberta November 03, 2011 at 04:29 PM
What a loser you are...are you the boyfriend she killed her baby for? I don't care if you agree with me; you're the one that's wrong. 99% of america thinks she's guilty, you don't, so who's the ignorant one...
Trace November 03, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Sandy: I am a 45 year old white male, I have seen just about everything the world has to offer. What happened to you at the department store must have been very frustrating indeed, but the incident you described is something that we all encounter at some point in our lives- regardless of SKIN COLOR! Most arguments/disagreements are caused by someone having a bad day, or who hasn't been brought up to deal with the worlds everyday incidents, or just plain mean people. But to agree that someone deserved violence because they didn't give you good service, and to blame skin color as the catalyst is rediculous. You won't find a citizen who hasn't been a victim of racism. It is a serious problem when one cannot simply walk away from a potentially confrontational situation-someone has to feel "disrespected" and act on it-violently! Understanding how to walking away, and a situation that calls for violence shouldn't be that difficult to understand. Knowing when to walk away, and knowing when to stand and fight/kill in self preservation for our own life is what separates humans from animals- so where does that leave you? Once we learn to walk away, we will put an end to this sort of unnecessary violence. What if your department store problem had followed you out and murdered you out of anger? Would your family be ok with that? I wouldn't! You think this was justified? Stop being part of the problem, grow up and build some character and integrity, and become part of the solution.
Trace November 03, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Thank you Jodi...thank you! It really is that simple- walk away.
Trace November 03, 2011 at 04:41 PM
I have a whole deck of race cards I could play, but I think I'll stick, and not hit! Isn't the whole race thing getting boring yet?
tony November 03, 2011 at 04:46 PM
jose wow just another uneducated person ranting their mouth...his opinions are merely to piss people off because they have no justification...all he can say is "case closed", " case closed" well no shit it is closed...you think that stops people from talking about it...look at O.J. haha damn dude it is everyday life like you said...people talk about what is going on and your too big of a deusche bag to conversate you just play devil's advocate and speak your mind...open it up and accept other peoples thoughts
Catalystnow November 03, 2011 at 04:55 PM
Well Protagonists make points, not infantile attention seeking. Negative attention seeking is sick,go play another game.
Roberta November 03, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Amen to that Trace...well said!
James Baumann November 03, 2011 at 05:19 PM
I'm with you Veronica. I believe we should do what was done in the years past. Take the accused and put her in a circle and stone her to death. Or like Judge Roy Bean did in the western days, take the accused out to the nearest tree and hang them for their murdering someone.
Jose S. Pratts November 03, 2011 at 07:46 PM
@Roberta read my prior post and understand it first before you comment, thats why you are the ignorant one and I am laughing about it, get over it and move on and its not 99% of americans who agree with you stupid.........BYE!!!
Trace November 03, 2011 at 08:45 PM
People, PEOPLE! Look at all of these posts from each of you. Calling each other names and insulting each other for voicing opinions. Aren't we proving to each other now that we are the cause of our own problems? Doesn't anyone get the message that resides right here within the story itself? Think about this folks; none of the anger, frustration and violence of our society will EVER stop until we learn how to look each other in the face and simply say I'm sorry" or "I was wrong" or simply walk away from petty differences. No, no, we want to throw gasoline on a fire that should never have been burning in the first place. I used to be guilty of this sort of behavior myself, but it can and should change. All it takes is for each and every one of us to use our heads and our hearts instead of our mouths for a while.
Trace November 03, 2011 at 09:36 PM
WOW! Thanks Jose, but I'm going to pass on the killing and enjoying.
Philip November 03, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Regarding Franks observation of my comment. You are right, I should not have put this on an entire generation. My apologies!


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