updated 03:35 pm EST, Mon January 30, 2012
Workers showed 'callous indifference'
A Montgomery County Circuit judge, Robert Greenberg, has sharply criticized workers at the Bethesda Row Apple Store in Maryland for ignoring a murder taking place at an outlet next door, a report says. In March 2011, a Lululemon worker named Brittany Norwood was caught stealing a pair of yoga pants after-hours by colleague Jayna Murray. Norwood retaliated violently, inflicting 330 or more wounds on Murray using different objects.
On Friday, Greenberg sentenced Norwood to life in prison without parole. The judge described Norwood as "cold-blooded...brutal...calculated...deliberate...devious...malicious," but also had strong words for the Apple Store workers. "The callous indifference of those Apple store employees. They did not do a blessed thing," he commented during sentencing. During Norwood's trial a manager at the Apple Store, Jane Svrzo, admitted that workers had heard sounds coming from next door, including someone screaming "Oh, God, please help me." Nevertheless, no one bothered to check up on the Lululemon or call police.
Norwood initially tried to conceal the crime by wounding herself, tying herself up, and then telling police that two robbers were responsible. Within a week though the story collapsed and a murder charge was filed. Neither Svrzo nor Apple PR representatives have commented on the matter.