Guilty verdict in Lululemon murder case
The six-day trial, which detailed a vicious killing and the dramatic twists and turns of an investigation into an elaborate cover story and a morbidly staged crime scene, ended with the jury presenting its verdict close to 7 p.m. after a little more than an hour of deliberation.
As the verdict was read Wednesday night, an audible “yes” could be heard from the family of the victim, Jayna Murray.
Norwood’s family remained silent when the verdict was read. They declined to comment.
Judge Robert A. Greenberg instructed the jury to decide first whether Norwood was guilty of first-degree murder, which requires jurors to believe the crime was premeditated. The guilty verdict on that charge means Norwood faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when she is sentenced Jan. 27.
If the jury could not agree on first-degree murder, they were told they could convict Norwood on a lesser second-degree murder charge.
Afterward, one juror said the six-man, six-woman panel agreed immediately on the first-degree murder conviction.
“I asked who thought it was first-degree, and everybody’s hand just went up,” said juror Donny Knepper, a 36-year-old criminal defense lawyer.
“I thought I established a pretty good case for second-degree murder,” Mr. Wood said after the verdict was delivered.
“You deal with the evidence and you put on your best defense,” he said.
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