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Second trial in Phylicia Barnes murder ends in mistrial
Second trial in Phylicia Barnes murder ends in mistrial

The man accused of killing teenager Phylicia Barnes in 2010 is headed for a third trial after another Baltimore judge found prosecutor error had tainted the case presented to jurors. Circuit Judge John Addison Howard granted a defense motion for a mistrial, saying prosecutors had twice exposed jurors to material that was supposed to have been withheld. The move came after prosecutors concluded two weeks of testimony and as defense attorneys for Michael Maurice Johnson were set to begin their presentation. The judge’s ruling is the latest setback for prosecutors. Johnson’s previous conviction in 2013 was overturned after the judge who oversaw that case, Alfred Nance, ruled...

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