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Phylicia Barnes case assigned to same judge who dismissed charges
Phylicia Barnes case assigned to same judge who dismissed charges

A decision on whether Michael Maurice Johnson will be tried a third time for the 2010 killing of Phylicia Barnes will rest with the same judge who dismissed the case in January, court records show. Circuit Judge John Addison Howard has been assigned to hear a motion Thursday by Johnson's attorneys to dismiss the latest indictment. Howard presided over Johnson's second trial in the killing of the North Carolina teenager, declaring a mistrial after a prosecutorial error and then granting a motion to acquit Johnson in January, citing insufficient evidence. The Baltimore State's Attorney's office said at the time they would appeal the judge's ruling, but instead...

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