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

Baltimore prosecutors' second attempt at a conviction in the 2010 murder of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes ended Monday when the judge declared a mistrial.  Circuit Court Judge John Addison Howard said that prosecutors had twice played material for jurors that was supposed to have been withheld. He noted that he did not believe the mistake was intentional or the result of "gross negligence" -- noting an expression of "shock" on prosecutors' faces -- but nevertheless had tainted the jury.  The defendant, Michael Maurice Johnson, 30, was charged in 2012 with murdering Barnes, a North Carolina high school student who went missing from her...

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