The Washington Times - March 20, 2011, 12:24PM

The story of a woman charged with a brutal murder in a Bethesda yoga boutique unraveled after she told detectives her attackers briefly freed her so she could move her slain coworker’s car, The Washington Post reported this morning.

Citing “new court documents” filed in the case, the newspaper said Brittany Norwood, 27, told police that two men who attacked her and killed her coworker Jayna Murray, 30, during a robbery attempt “let her leave the store to move the car but told her to come back in 10 minutes or they’d kill her.”


The story also says detectives concluded that Ms. Norwood posed herself into the position she was found.

Ms. Norwood told police she and Ms. Murray were sexually assaulted March 11 and described their attackers as two men fully cloaked in black and wearing masks and gloves who followed them inside the yoga-clothing store when they returned to retrieve something after closing.

Ms. Norwood was found bound and conscious the next morning after an employee opened the unlocked doors, noticed a mess and heard faint noises coming from the back.

Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said Friday when he announced Ms. Norwood’s arrest that evidence collected by police was “not supporting what Ms. Norwood told us.”

The Post report said a medical examination of Ms. Norwood found that her superficial injuries were inconsistent with the attack she described and that some appeared to be self-inflicted.

Ms. Norwood is due in court Monday.