Judge Sentences Killer, Criticizes Apple Store Employees for Lack of Action

Posted in Apple, Apple News on 31/01/2012 by Chris Hauk


A Maryland judge sentenced a convicted murdered to life in prison without parole on Friday, and also expressed his outrage at Bethesda Row Apple Store employees who heard the victim’s cries for help from the neighboring store, but did nothing.

Gary Allen reports for ifoAppleStore:

The family of victim Jayna Murray also criticized Apple and its employees, saying after the sentencing that they have never received any words of sympathy or apology from the company.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Robert Greenberg’s voice showed anger while describing killer Brittany Norwood as, “cold-blooded… brutal… calculated… deliberate… devious… malicious.”

Norwood was an employee of Lululemon in March 2011, and was apparently caught stealing a pair of yoga pants after-hours by co-worker Jayna Murray. Norwood attacked Murray, inflicting at least 330 wounds with various objects, police said.

Judge Greenberg also vented his anger at Apple store employees, including manager Jana Svrzo. In testimony during the trial, Svrzo admitted the employees had heard a disturbance next door, and someone screaming, ”Oh, god, please help me.” However, none of the employees inquired next door or called police.

After killing Murray, Norwood tied herself up, slightly wounded herself, and told police that two men had robbed the store and killed Murray. However, her story began to unravel, and she was charged with murder.

Svrzo and Apple have declined to comment about the incident or the employees’ inaction. It is unknown if Svrzo still works for Apple.

  • Guest

    Should the employees have called security and the police yes.  Should they have “inquired next door”?  No not at all!  They are retail employees NOT the police, NOT security, etc.  They didn’t know who was in there or what was going on, so going over and taking a look would have been foolish at best.  While I agree they should have sought help and not simply ignored what was happening.  The fact is it’s not the judges place to scold bystanders for not doing “the right thing” it’s his job to preside over the case not regulate legitimate reactions (or inaction is this case) of innocent bystanders.  Like it or not there ARE people in this world who don’t feel it’s their place to get involved.

  • Kellie Chatman

    What happened to the two guys dressed in black that they saw on the surveillance video at 11:03 that night outside the Mac store?


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