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Appeals court orders new trial for man acquitted of killing Phylicia Barnes

Appeals court orders new trial for man acquitted of killing Phylicia Barnes

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...

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