Image: Jayna Murray
Undated photo of Jayna Murray.
updated 3/18/2011 8:37:45 PM ET 2011-03-19T00:37:45

Police in an affluent Washington suburb say a co-worker killed a woman found dead inside an upscale yoga clothing store in Bethesda, Md. last week, then made up a story about the two being attacked by masked men.

Montgomery County police said 27-year-old Brittany Norwood was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Jayna Murray of Arlington, Va.

Authorities said Norwood initially told police that two masked men in gloves had entered the shop after closing, sexually assaulting and killing Murray while sexually assaulting Norwood. Police now say that story was a hoax.

Another store employee found Murray's body and a bound Norwood last Saturday morning inside the Lululemon Athletica store in the busy Bethesda shopping district.

Norwood was arrested Friday afternoon when she went to police headquarters for her third or fourth interview in the investigation, NBC Washington reported.

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