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Johnson defense cites double jeopardy, seeks dismissal of charges in Phylicia Barnes case
Johnson defense cites double jeopardy, seeks dismissal of charges in Phylicia Barnes case

Defense attorneys for Michael Maurice Johnson, who was acquitted last month of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of North Carolina teenager Phylicia Barnes, have filed a motion to dismiss a new indictment against him. Attorneys Katy O'Donnell and Kay Beehler cite double jeopardy, which forbids a defendant from being tried twice on the same charge after an acquittal. In a motion filed Thursday, they said Johnson "stands acquitted of the charges contained in this indictment." In a letter, they asked Circuit Judge Charles Peters to allow them to argue for a dismissal of the new charges at Johnson's scheduled arraignment on Feb. 26. Baltimore State's Attorney...

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