Report: Suspect convicted in Phylicia Barnes’ murder gets new trial

Posted on: 12:56 pm, March 20, 2013, by , updated on: 12:57pm, March 20, 2013

Prosecutors allege Michael Johnson, 28, killed 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes.

Prosecutors allege Michael Johnson, 28, killed 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes.

The man convicted of killing 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes will get a new trial, WJZ is reporting.

According to the report, the defense claims Johnson did not get a fair trial. His lawyers challenged the credibility of the key witness in the prosecution’s case and the judge agreed with the defense.

Johnson, 29, was convicted last month of killing Phylicia Barnes.

The North Carolina honors student disappeared three days after Christmas 2010 while visiting her sister’s Baltimore apartment.

An intense police search that garnered national media attention ended four months later when her body was found floating in the Susquehanna River.

Prosecutors say Johnson sexually assaulted Barnes, then killed her and dumped her body.

Read more: WJZ