'Nobody kill anybody': Murder-free weekend urged in Baltimore

Phylicia Barnes

Man accused of killing Phylicia Barnes appeals to U.S. Supreme Court to block third trial

Man accused of killing Phylicia Barnes appeals to U.S. Supreme Court to block third trial

The Baltimore man accused of killing 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes in 2010 is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to block a third trial after Maryland's highest court reinstated murder charges against him.

Michael Maurice Johnson, 33, remained free Friday after appearing in court for the first time since the Maryland Court of Appeals determined a judge overstepped his authority in January 2015 when he dismissed second-degree murder charges.

Attorney Katy O'Donnell said in court that the state appeals court's decision was "greatly in error" and violated Johnson's constitutional rights.

"The government, with its vast resources, ought not be permitted to...

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