Second trial in NC teen’s murder ends in mistrial

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BALTIMORE — A tainted jury is keeping one North Carolina family from getting from justice.

On Monday, a judge declared the second trial over the murder of Phylicia Barnes a mistrial.

Barnes was from Monroe, N.C. She disappeared in Baltimore in 2010 while visiting family. Her body was later found in a river.

Investigators charged Barnes’ sister’s ex-boyfriend Michael Maurice Johnson with her murder.

A jury convicted him of second-degree murder last year, but a judge overturned that conviction saying prosecutors withheld information about a witness from jurors.

The Baltimore Sun reports a judge declared a mistrial for the second trial because the prosecution showed the jury evidence that should have been withheld.