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Trial starts in Bethesda yoga shop killing case

ROCKVILLE — Jury selection for a murder trial is under way for a woman charged with killing a co-worker in a yoga clothing shop in Bethesda.

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of Brittany Norwood, who is accused of fatally bludgeoning Jayna Murray in March inside the Lululemon Athletica shop. Jury selection will continue Tuesday.

More than 85 percent of the potential jurors said that they had seen or read media coverage about the case.

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 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.