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Lululemon murder trial: Defense admits Norwood killed Murray

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(AP, ABC7) - On Wednesday, the lawyer of Brittany Norwood admitted that the woman killed Jayna Murray at the Lululemon store in Bethesda in March, but claimed it was during a fight as opposed to first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Norwood beat and slahed fellow employee Jayna Murray to death in March. (Family photo)

Norwood’s lawyer, Douglas Wood, said during opening arguments that Norwood lost control but there was no premeditation. Norwood grabbed whatever weapons were within her reach, the lawyer said.

"Jayna was killed by Brittany. It occurred in a fight. Brittany Norwood lost it. She lost control,” said defense attorney Wood says. “There was a horrific argument a horrific fight. It was not first-degree murder.”

State's Attorney John McCarthy argued that the slaying was premeditated murder. He said the slaying took a long time and there was ample opportunity for Norwood to choose a different course of action.

McCarthy presented details of how he claims Murray was murdered, showing jurors bloody photos of Murray and Norwood as they were found in the store he said Murray suffered from 322 different injuries. He held up several of the alleged murder weapons, including a wrench, a box cutter and rope.

During a lunch break, Murray's parents and supporters declined comment.

Earlier, a jury of six men and six women was selected. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Robert Greenberg restricted prosecutors' use of certain pictures during opening statements, including one showing Murray's crushed skull.

He said other pictures, including one showing Norwood as she was found inside the shop after police were called as well as photos of her hand and forehead, were permissible. In total, Greenberg allowed five photos of Murray to be shown during opening statements. Defense attorneys had argued that the photos of killed Jayna Murray are overly prejudicial.

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