(AP, ABC7) - Prosecutors in Montgomery County plan to seek a sentence of life without parole if a woman charged with killing a co-worker at an upscale yoga clothing shop is convicted of first-degree murder.
Brittany Norwood is awaiting trial in the March death of Jayna Murray at the Lululemon Athletica shop in Bethesda.
State's Attorney John McCarthy sent Norwood's attorney Douglas Wood a letter outlining his office's intention this week.
Norwood's attorney did not return a call seeking comment Friday. Norwood's trial is scheduled for October 24 in Montgomery County Circuit Court.
The murder of Murray sent shockwaves through the area because of the brutality of the slaying and the twists and turns the case took. When Norwood and Murray were discovered, Norwood told authorities she and the victim had been sexually assaulted by unknown assailants, police said.
"I don't think she has any basis to not get life in prison. I mean it's horrific. It shocked everyone," said Potomac resident Michelle Eglovitch.
Authorities later announced that Norwood concocted the story and was responsible for beating Murray to death.
The struggle between the two women may have lasted more than 20 minutes and the blows to Murray's head were too numerous to count. Her skull was fractured and spinal cord severed by a wound that extended through her neck.
"It hurt not only the people involved but it's a community and when you hear something like that happen so close to you everyone's affected," said Bethesa resident Justin Johnson.
Authorities said that on the day of the slaying, at her manager's request, Murray looked in Norwood's personal bag and found stolen merchandise.