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Trial starts in Bethesda yoga shop killing case

ROCKVILLE — A murder trial is getting under way for a woman charged with killing a coworker in an upscale yoga clothing shop in Bethesda.

Jury selection is scheduled to start Monday in the trial of Brittany Norwood, who is accused of fatally bludgeoning Jayna Murray in March inside the Lululemon Athletica shop.

Prosecutors say 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 the women had been attacked inside the shop by two masked men.

The trial in Montgomery County Circuit Court is expected to last about two weeks.

Prosecutors intend to seek a punishment of life without parole if Norwood is convicted of first-degree murder.