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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 to about six days of testimony.

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Circuit Court Judge John Addison Howard said the juror came to the courthouse Monday to inform staff that she had gone into labor.

"That's kind of — that's impressive," Howard said from the bench.

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"It's a story to tell other jurors down the road" about the importance of serving, defense attorney Katy O'Donnell said.

Four alternate jurors had been selected for the trial, which continued with prosecution witnesses Monday.

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