Phylicia Barnes

Judge challenges prosecutors for evidence in Michael Johnson murder trial

Judge challenges prosecutors for evidence in Michael Johnson murder trial

A Baltimore judge repeatedly challenged prosecutors Thursday to show evidence that Michael Maurice Johnson murdered a North Carolina teenager in 2010 and dumped her body in the Susquehanna River.

The prosecutors faced pointed questions from Circuit Judge Charles Peters as he weighed whether they had enough evidence for Johnson’s third trial to proceed.

“Is there any evidence of the defendant going at or near the Susquehanna River?” the judge asked.

“No,” said Michael Dunty, the prosecutor.

“How did the body get up there?” Peters asked.

“I don’t have an answer for the court,” Dunty said.

Johnson is being tried a third time for the killing of Phylicia...

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