The manslaughter and carjacking trial of Charles Johnson III, who's accused of killing three Baltimore teens in a car crash last year after blowing through a red light in a stolen vehicle, was postponed Friday until Oct. 3.

Assistant Public Defender Jane E. McGough requested the delay so she could arrange for an independent evaluation of Johnson's mental health records. The 20-year-old has already been found competent to stand trial by state evaluators, but McGough said she wants an outside opinion.

Johnson at times refused to follow directions or answer questions Friday in Baltimore Circuit Court. He stared blankly in the direction of the victims' friends and family, some of whom muttered "he's faking" to one other. Many of them wore T-shirts with photos commemorating the killed Morrell Park teens: Michael Ledford and Briana Macapagal, 17-year-olds who had a baby daughter together, and Kevin Thomas, 18.

They died on Halloween when a stolen 2002 Lincoln Town Car, allegedly driven by Johnson, ran a red light at the intersection of Hanover and Ostend streets about 11:30 p.m. and slammed into the teenagers' 1994 Ford Tempo, sending it spinning into a row of parked cars. Johnson took off running after the crash, police records show, but he was caught and arrested by an officer in the area.

tricia.bishop@baltsun.com

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