| Feb 19, 2013
| 3:56 PM
Attorneys for the man convicted of killing 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes have asked a judge for a new trial, arguing that prosecutors made improper statements to the jury and withheld information.
Michael Maurice Johnson was convicted this month of second-...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 5:42 PM
A Baltimore jury found Michael Maurice Johnson guilty of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, agreeing with prosecutors that the last known person to see the North Carolina teen alive was also her killer.
| Feb 6, 2013
| 5:14 PM
When Phylicia Barnes' disappearance drew national attention two years ago, it prompted calls for stronger response to reports of missing children — particularly minorities. Some who made those pleas said Wednesday that Michael Maurice Johnson's...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 6:03 PM
The older sister of Phylicia Barnes tearfully said Monday she had allowed her teenage sister to drift too close to the man now accused of murdering her, testifying in the trial of Michael Maurice Johnson that the then-26-year-old's unnerving conduct one...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 6:04 PM
Jurors got to hear Michael Maurice Johnson's account Tuesday of the last time he saw Phylicia Barnes alive, as prosecutors played audio tape of a police interview with the man now charged with killing the 16-year-old.
In the Dec. 31, 2010, interview,...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 7:21 PM
In a pivotal day of testimony in the Phylicia Barnes murder trial, a 36-year-old petty criminal the defense has dismissed as a "jailhouse snitch" took the stand as one of the prosecution's key witnesses.
James McCray, currently locked up in Charles...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 4:56 PM
Fearing the investigation into Phylicia Barnes' death was closing in on him, prosecutors say, Michael Maurice Johnson told his girlfriend in text messages that he was thinking about fleeing the country.
"I feel like everything is about to hit the fan. I...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 4:51 PM
The judge overseeing the Phylicia Barnes murder trial said Friday that prosecutors are proceeding on a circumstantial theory that causes him "great concern," but added that the case should continue and be presented to jurors.
Circuit Judge Alfred Nance'...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 4:18 PM
Lawyers on both sides of the Phylicia Barnes murder trial acknowledged the circumstantial evidence against Michael Maurice Johnson in closing arguments Monday. But while defense attorneys described flaws and inconsistencies, prosecutors said the facts...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Michael Maurice Johnson is scheduled to stand trial starting Tuesday in the death of North Carolina teenager Phylicia Barnes, with court proceedings that could include prosecutors playing a sex video and defense attorneys revealing details from an...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 4:43 AM
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| Jan 22, 2013
| 8:26 AM
Judge Alfred Nance issued a 27-point list of directives for media as the trial of Michael Maurice Johnson, accused of killing 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, got underway Tuesday morning.
Here's how the court order appeared taped outside the courtroom...