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Phylicia Barnes
Prosecution rests its case in Phylicia Barnes trial

After presenting two weeks of testimony, Baltimore prosecutors rested their case Friday in the retrial of Michael Maurice Johnson for the killing of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes. Friday's testimony centered on wiretapped phone calls and text messages that were gathered by Maryland State Police in October and November 2011, as the case was being taken to the Harford County grand jury. Sgt. David Feltman testified that police initiated those proceedings and undertook other efforts in hopes of generating discussion of the case by Johnson while police were listening.  In the discussions, Johnson can be heard contemplating the possible outcomes but stops short of implicating...