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Lululemon murder trial: Defense admits Norwood killed Murray

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Some of the images ruled out by the judge for opening arguments could be shown at a later time during the trail. For instance, the medical examiner could show talk photos from Murray’s autopsy.

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

However, the judge expressed concern that the jury could be swayed if shown those photos right at the start of the trial and thus ruled them out for the opening arguments.

Jayna Murray's college roommate Ivy Huang came to court Tuesday. She said her and Murray remained close over the years.

“I hope that something good comes out of it, it’s going to be some time for that and I do grieve not just for my friend's family but as well as the other because it was a horrible thing that happened,” Huang said.

Jury selection in the trial began Monday but proved difficult, partly because the intense media attention on the case made it hard to find impartial jurors to ensure a fair trial.

About 150 potential jurors were asked whether any had already made up their mind. Thirty-eight stood up, essentially a yes-response to the question. Only 18 had never heard of the slaying.

Prosecutors allege the two women argued after closing hours after Murray found suspected stolen merchandise inside Norwood's bag. They say Norwood tried to conceal the killing by telling police the next morning that both women had been attacked inside the shop by two masked men.

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