Phylicia Barnes

Supreme Court declines to take up Phylicia Barnes case, clearing way for Johnson's third murder trial

Supreme Court declines to take up Phylicia Barnes case, clearing way for Johnson's third murder trial

The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up the case of a man from West Baltimore facing his third criminal trial in the death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes.

Michael Maurice Johnson, 33, appealed to the Supreme Court to block the upcoming trial. But the court announced Monday it would not take up his request. The Supreme Court routinely considers only a small number of the cases that reach it on appeal.

The decision clears the way for Johnson’s jury trial in Baltimore Circuit Court next year. He faces one count of second-degree murder.

Barnes, an honors student from North Carolina, vanished seven years ago while visiting her half-sister in Northwest Baltimore. Her body...

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