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Baltimore man found guilty in Charlotte-area teen's murder

Posted February 6, 2013

— A Baltimore jury on Wednesday found a man guilty of second-degree murder in the killing a Charlotte-area teenager.

Michael Maurice Johnson, 29, was accused in the 2010 slaying of Phylicia Barnes, 16, of Monroe, who was visiting family members in Baltimore for Christmas when she disappeared.

Her body was found in the Susquehanna River months after she went missing.

Prosecutors said Johnson killed Barnes in her sister's apartment and then used a 35-gallon tub to move the body. They called more than 30 witnesses during the trial, including Barnes' older sister and a man who says Johnson called him for help in getting rid of her body.

Defense lawyers called one witness. Johnson did not testify.

Defense lawyers told the jury in closing arguments that prosecutors failed to show a motive and that there was no DNA evidence linking their client to the crime.

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  • Momma2three Feb 7, 9:04 a.m.

    Enlighten me, hously. Where did you read that info? I was trying to figure out why they didn't report about a motive...

  • housley41011 Feb 6, 5:53 p.m.

    Two things are foul here...one she slept with sisters ex and two being drunk and making sex videos. Sad that another life loss because of stupidity!!

  • peace2u Feb 6, 5:01 p.m.

    Why was there no DNA evidence? Something sounds fishy.

  • Bartmeister Feb 6, 1:34 p.m.

    Well at least Maryland has to pay for his incarceration.

  • Alexia Feb 6, 1:22 p.m.

    'I wish they would change the title, he's not a "man".' --chrisnrali

    Why do people say these things? Of course he's a man. He's also a human. Sadly, too many humans are not taught proper morals and values. What we have here is exactly that kind of man.

  • Fireflies Rock Feb 6, 1:07 p.m.

    Wonder why 2nd degree murder and not 1st. How about abuse of a corpse added on, for throwing her in the river? Awful, I hope the sister wasn't involved.

  • chrisnrali Feb 6, 12:49 p.m.

    I wish they would change the title, he's not a "man". A man does not treat a woman this way. What the h is wrong with people?

  • jsutton Feb 6, 12:27 p.m.

    No death penalty found guilty of 2nd degree murder. we have to pay for him to live the rest of his life.

  • feistyredhead2001 Feb 6, 12:08 p.m.

    I truly hope he gets the death penalty! How could he just throw her body in a river like trash? What if that were his mother or sister..... I hope the people of Baltimore don't spend the rest of their lives paying for him to sit in prison and breath while her family morns her for the rest of theirs.