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“They show someone who got involved in a nightmarish situation and had this imagination and explanation of what happened,” Mr. Wood said. “This is not first-degree, premeditated, willful murder.”

Miss Norwood was arrested a week after the crime, after investigators uncovered inconsistencies in her story.

The families of both women were present in the Rockville courtroom, sitting in rows across the aisle from each other. Murray’s family wore buttons with a picture of her, but they were ordered to remove the buttons by Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Greenberg.

Miss Norwood, who wore a gray sweater over a white shirt with a ruffled collar, sat passively through the day’s proceedings. She kept her gaze either straight ahead or down at the table before her, even as an image of Murray’s gash-covered head was flashed before the court on a projector, eliciting audible gasps from the dozens of people in the courtroom.

In addition to the first officer to arrive at Lululemon, the jury of six men and six women also heard testimony from the store’s manager and a passer-by who entered the store with the frightened manager the morning of March 12 and found Murray’s body.

Store manager Rachel Oertli explained the layout of the store and testified that the items used as weapons against Murray could generally be found in the back portion of the store, though not all in the narrow hallway where Murray’s body was found.