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Sun coverage: Phylicia Barnes

Phylicia Barnes visited Baltimore in late December 2010 from Monroe, N.C., where she was an honors student and track athlete scheduled to graduate early. But the 16-year-old, who planned to attend Towson University, went missing from her sister's Northwest Baltimore apartment.

Four months later, Barnes' body was found in the Susquehanna River. Michael Johnson, the former boyfriend of Barnes' half-sister, was charged in the asphyxiation death. Johnson was convicted of second-degree murder, but that conviction was later overturned and in January 2015 he was set free. On Feb. 3, 2015, second-degree murder charges were re-filed against Johnson

This archive includes comprehensive coverage from The Sun of the Phylicia Barnes case. 

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Charged again: Prosecutors refile charges in Barnes case

Set free: Judge drops all charges against Michael Johnson

Verdict: Michael Johnson found guilty in killing of Phylicia Barnes

Suspect: Ex-boyfriend of Phylicia Barnes' sister charged in killing

Mystery: Family of Phylicia Barnes rallies for answers

  • 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...

  • Appeals court orders new trial for man acquitted of killing Phylicia Barnes

    Appeals court orders new trial for man acquitted of killing Phylicia Barnes

    Maryland's second-highest court on Wednesday ordered a third trial and reinstated charges against a Northwest Baltimore man who had been acquitted by a judge in the killing of North Carolina teenager Phylicia Barnes. A three-judge panel on the Court of Special Appeals said that Circuit Judge John...

  • Prosecutors refile charges in Barnes case

    Prosecutors refile charges in Barnes case

    Baltimore prosecutors have refiled second-degree murder charges against Michael Maurice Johnson in the killing of North Carolina teen Phylicia Barnes in 2010, a move that comes less than two weeks after Johnson was acquitted by a judge following a mistrial. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced...

  • Judge drops all charges against Michael Johnson

    Judge drops all charges against Michael Johnson

    A Baltimore judge has dismissed charges against the man accused in the late 2010 disappearance and death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, setting free the only suspect in a case that drew national attention but has been criticized as flimsy. Michael Maurice Johnson, 30, has been jailed since 2012...

  • Jury hears Michael Johnson's first interview with police

    Jury hears Michael Johnson's first interview with police

    Jurors in the Phylicia Barnes murder trial heard tape of accused killer Michael Maurice Johnson's first interview with police, three days after the teenager from North Carolina went missing in late 2010.  Johnson, described as calm and cooperative by Det. David McDermott, agreed to be interviewed...

  • Neighbor testifies that he saw Michael Johnson struggle to move large container

    Neighbor testifies that he saw Michael Johnson struggle to move large container

    A former neighbor testified for the second time about observing Michael Maurice Johnson struggling to move a plastic storage container the day that 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes was last seen alive.  Elvis Teah, who testified at Johnson's first trial in 2013, said Tuesday that Johnson was shirtless...

  • Juror in Barnes murder trial goes into labor

    Juror in Barnes murder trial goes into labor

    A juror was dismissed from the Phylicia Barnes murder trial on Monday — after going into labor. Juror No. 8 was well-along in her pregnancy when she was picked to sit on the jury for the re-trial of Michael Maurice Johnson, accused of killing the 16-year-old Barnes in late 2010. She had listened...

  • New e-mails, texts introduced in Phylicia Barnes trial

    New e-mails, texts introduced in Phylicia Barnes trial

    In days and weeks before Phylicia Barnes went missing, the 10-year relationship between her older sister and the man now accused of killing the 16-year-old was, after several fits and starts, finally deteriorating.  "I love you in more ways than any man who walks the Earth," Michael Maurice Johnson...

  • Second trial in Phylicia Barnes murder begins without key witness

    Second trial in Phylicia Barnes murder begins without key witness

    The retrial of the man accused of killing North Carolina teenager Phylicia Barnes four years ago opened Friday, with prosecutors indicating they will not call a witness whose involvement in the last trial led a judge to throw out the jury's guilty verdict. A jury acquitted Michael Maurice Johnson,...

  • Jury selection begins in Phylicia Barnes' murder case

    Jury selection begins in Phylicia Barnes' murder case

    Jury selection will continue Thursday in the second trial of the man accused of strangling 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes in 2010. Michael Maurice Johnson, 30, has returned to court for a second trial. A jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in February 2013, but the verdict was overturned...

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