Johnson defense rests after just 10 minutes

BALTIMORE - After just 10 minutes of testimony from their first witness, Michael Maurice Johnson's defense rested.  Johnson is on trial accused of murdering Phylicia Barnes.

On Monday morning, defense attorneys called Jeffrey Stillman to the stand.  Stillman, a work friend of Johnson's, says he got Johnson the job because he was a good worker.  Stillman went on to say after Barnes' disappearance, plain clothes officers sat outside Johnson's work place for several weeks, and followed him home.

Closing arguments began shortly after 10 a.m.

Before the trial began, defense lawyers said they had a witness who saw Barnes alive in Cecil County after she was reported missing.  However, lawyers never called that witness to testify.

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