Man Charged With Killing Teen Asks Court to Block 3rd Trial

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man charged with killing a North Carolina teenager in Baltimore is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a third trial in the case.

Thirty-three-year-old Michael Maurice Johnson’s lawyer said in court Friday that a Maryland appeals court decision that a judge should not have granted an acquittal after a mistrial.

Johnson is charged with second-degree murder in the 2010 death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes of Monroe, North Carolina. Her body was found in the Susquehanna River months after she disappeared while visiting family in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Johnson appeared in a Baltimore court Friday and was put on pre-trial supervision. A judge scheduled a third trial for March 2018.

In 2013, Johnson was convicted by a jury of murder. That conviction was overturned at sentencing.

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