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Johnson, charged again in Phylicia Barnes killing, appears in court
Johnson, charged again in Phylicia Barnes killing, appears in court

Michael Maurice Johnson remained free Thursday after making an appearance in court that was marked by procedural confusion — his first since being re-indicted on charges that he killed North Carolina teenager Phylicia Barnes. Circuit Court Judge Michael DiPietro declined to rule on a motion by Johnson's attorneys to dismiss the indictment, and also declined to hear prosecutors' argument that a bail should be set. He told the attorneys those requests would be ruled on at a later date. Johnson was acquitted of second-degree murder after a mistrial in January — his second time facing trial in the 2010 killing. But city prosecutors believe the judge's ruling was...

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