Jury begins deliberations in Md. yoga shop slaying

November 2, 2011 - 5:30 PM

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A jury is beginning deliberations in the murder trial of a woman charged with killing a co-worker at a high-end Maryland yoga clothing shop.

The Montgomery County jury got the case Wednesday evening. Prosecutor John McCarthy told jurors in closing arguments that Brittany Norwood was a calculating and cold-blooded killer. Norwood is charged in the March 11 death of Jayna Murray, her co-worker at the Lululemon Atheltica shop in Bethesda.

Norwood's lawyer Douglas Wood said that although his client killed Murray, it wasn't premeditated. He said Norwood was "delusional," lost control and wasn't in the right state of mind when she fatally attacked Murray.

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of life without parole if Norwood is convicted of first-degree murder.