Sex Video to Be Shown in Phylicia Barnes Murder Trial

Slain teen said to be seen with suspect in clip

By Ashley E. Brown
|  Friday, Jan 4, 2013  |  Updated 2:40 PM EDT
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Sex Video to Be Shown in Phylicia Barnes Murder Trial

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A judge in Baltimore decided to let a video play in open court that apparently shows murdered teenager Phylicia Barnes having sex with the man accused of killing her.

The decision rejects prosecutors' request to close the courtroom while showing the footage, WBAL-TV reported Thursday.

Barnes, who lived in North Carolina, was 16 years old when she disappeared while visiting family Baltimore in December 2010. Her body turned up four months later in the Susquehanna River.

The suspect is 28-year-old Michael Johnson, who was dating Barnes's older half-sister at the time of the alleged murder.

Prosecutors have said the video of Barnes shows her "intoxicated" while having sex with Johnson. It's not clear how the clip relates to the murder charge, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Johnson's trial is scheduled to begin later this month.

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