Maryland man acquitted in North Carolina teen's killing indicted second time

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Phylicia Barnes
Phylicia Barnes

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced a new indictment against a man acquitted in a North Carolina teen's killing after a judge declared a mistrial in the case.

Mosby said Tuesday that Michael Maurice Johnson has been indicted a second time in the murder of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes of Monroe, North Carolina. Barnes' body was found in the Susquehanna River months after she disappeared while visiting family in Baltimore in 2010.

Johnson's attorney didn't respond to a phone message Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Johnson was acquitted Jan. 20. Mosby says the judge didn't have the authority to grant acquittal after a mistrial was declared and the jury was dismissed.

Johnson was convicted of second-degree murder in 2013 but was granted a new trial after a judge determined the prosecution withheld evidence.

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