Court date in Barnes case postponed until April

BALTIMORE CITY - A court date for the man convicted of killing Phylicia Barnes was postponed Friday.

Michael Johnson was convicted of second-degree murder, but the judge overruled during sentencing and ordered Johnson to stand trial a second time.

Friday's court date was to be a reception court hearing -- a hearing that precedes a pre-trial hearing. The court date was postponed until April 20.

Barnes, a 16-year-old from North Carolina, disappeared on a trip to Baltimore. Her body was found four months later in the Susquehanna River.

The doctor who performed the autopsy said the level of decomposition of Barnes' body was consistent to a body that was not only in cold water for several months, but contained and submerged.

The case has garnered much attention, most of which in January 2013 centered around the release of a "sex tape" that showed Barnes, her older sister Deena, Johnson and Johnson's brother all naked

Deena Barnes testified Phyilicia touched Michael Johnson and it is in that moment prosecutors say changed the relationship between the two.


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