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Johnson attacks former lawyer in Barnes murder case
Johnson attacks former lawyer in Barnes murder case

As his second trial for the murder of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes approaches, Michael Maurice Johnson took the witness stand Tuesday and testified that his former attorney told him he had to talk to police — bad advice his new lawyers say helped get him convicted. "He didn't give me an option," said Johnson, 30, his voice scratchy over the courtroom speakers. A Baltimore jury found Johnson guilty of second degree murder last year, but the verdict was overturned after a judge ruled that prosecutors withheld information about a key witness in the case. A new trial is scheduled for December and this week prosecutors and Johnson's lawyers in the public defender's...

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