Maryland's second-highest court on Wednesday ordered a third trial and reinstated charges against a Northwest Baltimore man who had been acquitted by a judge in the killing of North Carolina teenager Phylicia Barnes.
A three-judge panel on the Court of Special Appeals said that Circuit Judge John Addison Howard made a procedural mistake in January 2015 when he granted a motion to acquit Michael Johnson of second-degree murder. He had originally granted a mistrial.
Prosecutors hailed Wednesday's decision and said they intended to try the case again.
"This case has and always will be about securing justice for this 16-year-old girl, and we are elated that the Court of...