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Michael Johnson Found Guilty Of Second Degree Murder in Death Of Phylicia Barnes

11:41 AM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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BALTIMORE (WUSA) -- A jury has found Michael Johnson guilty of second-degree murder in the 2010 slaying of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, reports WJZ.

On Tuesday, Michael Johnson's 29th birthday, the jury considered whether the evidence pointed to Johnson as the man who killed Barnes in December 2010 and then dumped her body in the Susquehanna River. Her body would be found in the river four months later.

According to WJZ, James McCray testified Johnson showed him Barnes' body and asked for help getting rid of it. He says Johnson confessed to raping his ex-girlfriend's sister and then choked her when she wouldn't stop crying.

WJZ reported late Tuesday that the jury asked to watch two videos again: a Wal-Mart security video showing Johnson buy the same kind of storage container that prosecutors allege he used to get rid of Barnes' body and a cell phone video that showed Johnson, his younger brother, Barnes and her older sister all intoxicated, naked and engaged in sex acts.

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