Md. man facing trial for death of NC teen

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Jury selection has begun in the trial of a 28-year-old Baltimore man accused in the death of a North Carolina teen. 

Michael Maurice Johnson has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the 2010 death of his ex-girlfriend's 16-year-old sister, Phylicia Barnes.  

Judge Alfred Nance refused to allow reporters in court on Tuesday for jury selection, saying space was needed for a large pool of potential jurors. 

Barnes, from Monroe, N.C., disappeared while visiting Baltimore for the 2010 Christmas holidays. Her body was found in the Susquehanna River months later. 

Prosecutors say Johnson killed Barnes in her sister's apartment and then used a 35-gallon tub to move the body.    

Evidence in the case is expected to include a video that shows the defendant, victims and others engaged in sexual conduct.
 

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