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Jurors begin deliberating in Phylicia Barnes murder trial
Jurors begin deliberating in Phylicia Barnes murder trial

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 point to Johnson as the only reasonable suspect. "It's not one thing," Assistant State's Attorney Lisa Goldberg told jurors. "It's everything." Jurors began deliberating on those details in the 10th day of the trial, despite a second attempt from defense attorneys to get an early acquittal. Judge Alfred Nance denied the request even though he said from the bench Friday that prosecutors' circumstantial...

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