Honors Kid Killing Isn’t A Case Of ‘Who Done It’: Prosecutor’s Failure To Explore Social Media Connection To The Crime Has Allowed Her Killer To Roam Free

Its been nearly six years since Janice and Raheem Mustafa’s beautiful and promising daughter Phylicia Simone Barnes went missing from a Northwest Baltimore apartment. At the time of her disappearance there had been a variety of explanations given to police that suggest the honors teen may have still been alive. The hopes of the child’s safe return to the comfort of her family resolved to a disconsolate reality when state environmental workers spotted a body in the water of the Susquehanna River in Northern Maryland, months after Phylicia had gone missing. The lifeless, nude, and badly decomposed body of a young female was later determined to be the Barnes teen. Speculations as to how the child had come to such a tragic ending over 30 miles from where she had been staying has always been enigmatic at best.

What most followers know about this child’s tragic and heartbreaking story, is that those around her (including her half-siblings) when she went missing, wasn’t forthright, and completely honest with investigators who initially searched for the girl. Search warrants for telephones and social media accounts of many of the people known to be regular hangouts at Deena Barnes’ apartment where young Phylicia was staying during her visit to Baltimore, unveiled some pretty disturbing revelations pertaining to the culture, and environment the teen was exposed to by her older half-sibling entrusted with her care. The warrants uncovered a malapropos relationship between young Phylicia and her older half-sibling Deena’s boyfriend Michael Johnson. Investigators claim that there were hundreds of text exchanges between Johnson (27 at the time) and Phylicia (a minor).

A video was also discovered on one of the cellphones which police had sieged depicting Phylicia, her older half-sibling Deena, Johnson, Johnson’s younger brother, and a cousin who were all streaking nude at a nearby schoolyard playground. Prosecutors believe that Johnson’s “gawking gaze” upon the child was apparent that he had a physical attraction to the teen. The text exchanges, the streaking video, and an eyewitness account by a neighbor at Deena’s apartment who said that he observed Johnson struggling to carry a plastic container in the hallway of the building, along with the fact Johnson was the last known person to see the child alive, were all pieces of circumstantial evidence used to indict Johnson for the child’s murder. He went on trial for killing Phylicia twice and both times the case ended in a mistrial mainly due to procedural errors, and other missteps by the prosecution that directly violated Johnson’s constitutional rights.

Not just that though, the prosecutor’s approach toward obtaining a conviction of Michael Johnson appeared to be completely bollix from the very start. Chiefly, the decision to place a lying jail house snitch name James McCrae, who has a storied criminal past of his own on the stand, wasn’t just a gamble, but the testimony he gave was so unbelievable that Johnson’s defense counsel made quick work of the prosecutor’s suppose star witness, by abruptly ending cross examination of him, and discounting his testimony as being completely unreliable. The prosecutors aided the defense’s contentions that McCrae was a liar, by withholding discovery evidence that highlighted the defense very argument pertaining to McCrae’s credibility. The prosecution’s failure to play by established rules of law was a direct infringement on Johnson’s constitution right to a fair trial, and created a stigma that Johnson was being railroaded by the state.

Others contend that Johnson’s family had utilized his family’s law enforcement status to get such a vanilla prosecutoral effort during both of his trials. Its a perspective that some argue is just a reach at best, but those observing this case very closely can’t help focusing on the actions of the state attorney’s office. There were seemingly deliberate violations of procedure that left the court with no other recourse, but to declare a mistrial. The state’s effort in both trials weren’t paralyzed by a flawed case or the lack of evidence. Their case was crippled by the decision to only skim from the top of a plethora of other available evidence, to not only draw suspicion upon Johnson, but perhaps others closely related to him as well. The public has been aware of social media content that paints a very grim and disturbing picture of what may have happened to the child during her final hours. While much of the social media content is also circumstantial, everyone appears to be aware of its existence except the police.

Michael Johnson’s younger brother “Bootz’s” Twitter post he commented literally just minutes (7 minutes exactly) before Johnson claims he last saw the child alive, is not only scary, but just may reveal an extremely chilling depiction of the level of violence that the Barnes teen potentially encountered before she vanished, because “Bootz” is directing someone to physically harm a female (**** dat don’t tella twice whopp her ass). Its an impactful* and crucial element of the entire Barnes case that investigators apparently, whether intentional or otherwise completely missed, and just a little investigative work  by police inside the social media interactions of key people around the child when she went missing, probably would have led them to conclude that Michael Johnson was in fact riding in a car with the very same younger brother (“Bootz”) during the morning and afternoon of the day that Phylicia went missing. Its a theory that TPC has constantly theorized, and potentially places Johnson’s brother at Deena’s apartment as well during the time he reportedly last saw her.

In a TPC January 13, 2012 article entitled “The Phylicia Barnes Story: Johnson Males Tweets & Location On Dec 28 Are A Very Scary Coincidence And May Close This Murder Case”, some of the tweets by “Bootz” are highlighted and gives context and perspective pertaining to what was going on with Michael Johnson and his brother during the morning hours leading up to when Phylicia disappeared in the afternoon on that fateful day. Comments on twitter about an unnecessarily busy Rolling Road indicates that “Bootz” and the occupants of his car were in a hurry to get to a location. Also, the mention of “grass in the hooka,” with”Bootz” and a person name “Ease” (suspectedly Michael Johnson) being high after the first puffs, gives a clear indication that they were riding in a car getting high off of marijuana. Their activity that morning is extremely important to discovering exactly what happened to young Phylicia Barnes, and it has never been established whether investigators have even pursued this angle of the case.

During one of my interviews with Shauntel Sallis-Evans who is Phylicia’s oldest sister, she conveyed to me she believed that when Deena Barnes observed Michael Johnson attempt to touch Phylicia in her private area, as Deena Barnes testified to in court, that Deena only became upset because she had not said it was okay to “get freaky” yet. Meaning that Shauntel believes all of the drinking, nudity, and sexual activity that Phylicia had been exposed to while interacting with a volume of males, were all activities directly sanctioned by Deena herself. According to accounts by both of the older Barnes half-siblings Deena and Kelly, Phylicia was never left at the apartment by herself. She either went with Deena or Kelly to their jobs each day. On December 28, 2010, the day Phylicia Simone Barnes vanished without a trace, it was the first time the child had been left at that apartment unsupervised despite the fact that a volume of adult males had access to the apartment.

Upon the discovery of young Phylicia having been left alone at the apartment by Johnson males that her older sister Deena (by her own admission through testimony in open court during the first trial) had sanctioned and allowed to run around nude with, playing a game called “jonking” (grabbing or feeling the genitalia of game participants), may explain why “Bootz” tweeted about how busy Rolling Road was. They were trying to get to that apartment with the child when  she was alone, and while the opportunity presented itself. So, if Shauntel’s perspective that Deena Barnes was the controlling factor related to the sex games they all played, with Deena not being there and out of the way, the Johnson boys were free to indulge the child in a sexual manner, because Phylicia’s sister who was responsible for supervising her had opened the door for these adult males to approach the child in such a manner. They just probably wasn’t counting on the child not being cooperative, which Janice Mustafa (Phylicia’s mother) told me she believes happened. Janice believes what ever they did to her daughter, that “Simone” told them she was “going to tell her mother,” and that may have triggered a violent reaction which resulted in the child’s fatality.

Like Janice Mustafa, its always been my personal belief that others along with Michael Johnson may have been at the apartment that morning, and what ever transpired resulting in the child’s disappearance  is a direct result of actions in which they all were collectively complicit. Not only that, but even other family members who may not have been involved with Phylicia’s demise, at the very least had some idea as to what happened to her, and apparently even knew where the child’s body was located during the crucial time period when extensive investigative measures and searches were being conducted to locate young Phylicia Barnes’ whereabouts. A suspicious tweet on social media by a female associate of Michael Johnson’s cousin that actually foreshadowed where the child’s body would ultimately be located, is compelling circumstantial evidence that reveals how those closely connected to the Johnson’s may have had advanced knowledge of what happen to Phylicia Barnes months before the authorities found her floating in a river.

While the police may have dismissed the existence of these facts for what ever reason, the prosecutor’s office should have urged direction to compel police officials to beat the streets to get to the bottom of what happened, what other  people knew, and what the female in particular knew about Phylicia’s disappearance. The tweet “its trapped at the dam don’t pull the lever” is an extremely compelling, yet equally disturbing pronouncement, especially considering who made the comment on social media.  The female who posted the statement on twitter is a former girlfriend of a Johnson cousin, who was a regular visitor at Deena Barnes’ apartment around the time the child was visiting Baltimore, and was one of the first people that police interviewed during the initial phase of Phylicia’s disappearance investigation. These details have troubled most who have closely followed this tragic case. The fact that the comment was made before she was discovered dead, doesn’t necessarily implicate the female or the Johnson cousin in Phylicia’s killing, and most people don’t even believe that anyway. It’s just a clear indication that the location of Phylicia’s body had been discussed or was at least known among the Johnson circle, and the eventual discovery of her lifeless body near the Conowingo “Dam” months after the tweet which in fact referenced a ‘dam” by a person closely connected to Phylicia’s older half-sibling and her boyfriend is an overt, self-evident, and palpable source of information that’s directly related to the child’s disappearance and subsequent demise.

Moreover, during one of my many conversations and interviews with Phylicia’s mother Janice Mustafa, she has expressed concern, remorse, and prayer for the female who made the comment on social media. Janice called her a “lost soul” and even pitied her for lacking the courage as a female to tell the truth about what she knows, while potentially having direct knowledge of what happened to another beautiful young female just like herself. Janice also conveyed to me that she believes, while her daughter’s killers may have escaped the criminal justice system, they haven’t escaped God’s justice, and further believes that the young female who potentially hinted the actual location of Phylicia’s body, will also suffer from God’s wrath for not standing up and giving Phylicia a voice when it counted. The grieving mother has always been vocal about the failure of those who know the truth, inability or unwillingness to come forward, and speak for her daughter so she can finally rest in peace.

There were also other suspicious comments on twitter that should have given investigators a lead on what potentially happened. While the comments by the female associate who has been dubbed the “twitter girl” by the public, actually seems to be ground zero for solving this case, the comments by some of Michael Johnson’s relatives on December 28, 2010 may have been a crucial break in the case. Hours after Michael Johnson says he last saw the child alive at the Northwest Baltimore apartment where she was staying, there were essentially no social media communication among Johnson’s entire circle, until nearly two hours later when Michael Johnson’s younger brother Glenton “Bootz” Johnson tweets that it was hot in some location. That tweet was followed by what appeared to be a caution or warning by their older brother who reference “the man” (street jargon for the police) watching:

12-28 3:24 pm Glenton tweet – Hot as shyt in here
12-28 3:31 pm Kevin Johnson Tweet – Watch wat u tweet. “the man” is watching.. lok

Like most followers of this case, I’m of the belief that some suspicious activity, if not in fact criminal was taking place and several Johnson family members may have been aware of it, if not complicit to. The cops can ignore these facts all day long, but it’s not rocket science based on those tweets that these individuals were concerned about their communications between each other potentially being monitored, or  being referenced later by police. The tweets are specifically relevant to this case because Baltimore’s Chief of Police at the time publicly conveyed that he believed young Phylicia’s body was being moved from different locations. This brings a very poignant question to mind. Where was “Bootz” at the time that tweet was made? Cellphone towers certainly could indicate the general area of his location when the tweet was me made. Investigators could have issued search warrants for the Mobile Network Operator (MNO), or service to obtain thiss information.  There was also information sent to The People’s Champion Blog detailing various properties owned by the Johnson family, and using the cell tower information, the cops could have potentially discovered places of interest to search for the child based on that tower data.

To completely ignore certain data obtained through warrants of social media accounts belonging to key people close to the Barnes case, is simply way too convenient and quite circumspect to say the least. More specifically, the failure of the Baltimore City Police and the Maryland State Police collectively, to unravel the suspicious nature of a tweet foreshadowing Phylicia’s locations near a dam, months prior to her actual discovery, has been the primary vehicle creating suspicion of how the police investigated the child’s case. As far away as California and other parts of the Mid West, web sleuthers, a school teacher, and even psychic detectives were able to conduct their own research to uncover troubling facts regarding the Barnes case. No one wants to believe that the cops were either unwilling or inept at doing heir job in this kid’s case, but the fact that Michael Johnson’s family, and the Barnes half-siblings both have family ties to the Baltimore police, leaves the door wide open with a plethora of speculation as to how and why those around Phylicia during her demise have yet to be caught.

While some have theorized that Johnson may have acted alone resulting in Phylicia’s murder, others believe the suspicious tweets by his younger brother around the time Michael says he last saw the child, may suggest that he had an accomplice in the cover up to discard of the pretty little girl’s body. Shauntel Sallis-Evans expounded on this perspective during an interview with TPC. She conveyed to me that she was troubled by the rather cavalier fashion in which Glenton “Bootz” Johnson testified in court pertaining to the number of times he allegedly had sex with her sister. Shauntel said his demeanor was kind of spiteful, an indication to her that Phylicia probably treated him like he was nothing, and if I understood her comments correctly, I believe Shauntel felt that Glenton used his testimony as a way to “clap back” at the child by muddying up her name for revenge of how Phylicia treated him.

People are probably still debating about the credibility of the Johnson brothers, their friends, other relatives, and Phylicia’s own half-siblings regarding what actually happened to this promising book smart kid, but there are facts pertaining to her murder that there has never been any cogitation about, which point to who may have killed her. The obvious and glaring details are centered round social media comments among relatives and friends close to Michael Johnson and his family. Its just stupendous that the cops never connected the dots on a volume of data they must have had possession of after obtaining search warrants for social media accounts. Many within the public either have their own theory, or continue to contemplate why and how investigators made crucial missteps in her case. Evidence suggest that Michael Johnson wasn’t the only person alone with Phylicia at Deena’s apartment on the morning of December 28, 2010. Also, other evidence suggest that tweets by the Johnson’s older brother are indicative of residue from criminal activity. Its highly suspicious that Glenn Johnson, Michael’s older brother would caution his other brother about social media content, and doing so while referencing potential monitoring by police on the very day the little girl goes missing.

In the long exhausting hunt for the person(s) responsible for taking the life of promising Phylicia Simone Barnes, there has always been a multitude of speculation, conjecture, and other hyperbole surrounding the details of how she died, but in the court of public opinion, her killing has never been a case of “who done it.” The only question that remains, is why the cops haven’t figured out yet, what the public has already conclusively resolved?

 

The People’s Champion

I’m Crime Blogger David Adams

Barnes

Its been nearly six years since Janice and Raheem Mustafa’s beautiful and promising daughter Phylicia Simone Barnes went missing from a Northwest Baltimore apartment. At the time of her disappearance there had been a variety of explanations given to police that suggest the honors teen may have still been alive. The hopes of the child’s safe return to the comfort of her family resolved to a disconsolate reality when state environmental workers spotted a body in the water of the Susquehanna River in Northern Maryland, months after Phylicia had gone missing. The lifeless, nude, and badly decomposed body of a young female was later determined to be the Barnes teen. Speculations as to how the child had come to such a tragic ending over 30 miles from where she had been staying has always been enigmatic at best.

What most followers know about this child’s tragic and heartbreaking story, is that those around her (including her half-siblings) when she went missing, wasn’t forthright, and completely honest with investigators who initially searched for the girl. Search warrants for telephones and social media accounts of many of the people known to be regular hangouts at Deena Barnes’ apartment where young Phylicia was staying during her visit to Baltimore, unveiled some pretty disturbing revelations pertaining to the culture, and environment the teen was exposed to by her older half-sibling entrusted with her care. The warrants uncovered a malapropos relationship between young Phylicia and her older half-sibling Deena’s boyfriend Michael Johnson. Investigators claim that there were hundreds of text exchanges between Johnson (27 at the time) and Phylicia (a minor).

A video was also discovered on one of the cellphones which police had sieged depicting Phylicia, her older half-sibling Deena, Johnson, Johnson’s younger brother, and a cousin who were all streaking nude at a nearby schoolyard playground. Prosecutors believe that Johnson’s “gawking gaze” upon the child was apparent that he had a physical attraction to the teen. The text exchanges, the streaking video, and an eyewitness account by a neighbor at Deena’s apartment who said that he observed Johnson struggling to carry a plastic container in the hallway of the building, along with the fact Johnson was the last known person to see the child alive, were all pieces of circumstantial evidence used to indict Johnson for the child’s murder. He went on trial for killing Phylicia twice and both times the case ended in a mistrial mainly due to procedural errors, and other missteps by the prosecution that directly violated Johnson’s constitutional rights.

Not just that though, the prosecutor’s approach toward obtaining a conviction of Michael Johnson appeared to be completely bollix from the very start. Chiefly, the decision to place a lying jail house snitch name James McCrae, who has a storied criminal past of his own on the stand, wasn’t just a gamble, but the testimony he gave was so unbelievable that Johnson’s defense counsel made quick work of the prosecutor’s suppose star witness, by abruptly ending cross examination of him, and discounting his testimony as being completely unreliable. The prosecutors aided the defense’s contentions that McCrae was a liar, by withholding discovery evidence that highlighted the defense very argument pertaining to McCrae’s credibility. The prosecution’s failure to play by established rules of law was a direct infringement on Johnson’s constitution right to a fair trial, and created a stigma that Johnson was being railroaded by the state.

Others contend that Johnson’s family had utilized his family’s law enforcement status to get such a vanilla prosecutoral effort during both of his trials. Its a perspective that some argue is just a reach at best, but those observing this case very closely can’t help focusing on the actions of the state attorney’s office. There were seemingly deliberate violations of procedure that left the court with no other recourse, but to declare a mistrial. The state’s effort in both trials weren’t paralyzed by a flawed case or the lack of evidence. Their case was crippled by the decision to only skim from the top of a plethora of other available evidence, to not only draw suspicion upon Johnson, but perhaps others closely related to him as well. The public has been aware of social media content that paints a very grim and disturbing picture of what may have happened to the child during her final hours. While much of the social media content is also circumstantial, everyone appears to be aware of its existence except the police.

Michael Johnson’s younger brother “Bootz’s” Twitter post he commented literally just minutes (7 minutes exactly) before Johnson claims he last saw the child alive, is not only scary, but just may reveal an extremely chilling depiction of the level of violence that the Barnes teen potentially encountered before she vanished, because “Bootz” is directing someone to physically harm a female (**** dat don’t tella twice whopp her ass). Its an impactful* and crucial element of the entire Barnes case that investigators apparently, whether intentional or otherwise completely missed, and just a little investigative work  by police inside the social media interactions of key people around the child when she went missing, probably would have led them to conclude that Michael Johnson was in fact riding in a car with the very same younger brother (“Bootz”) during the morning and afternoon of the day that Phylicia went missing. Its a theory that TPC has constantly theorized, and potentially places Johnson’s brother at Deena’s apartment as well during the time he reportedly last saw her.

In a TPC January 13, 2012 article entitled “The Phylicia Barnes Story: Johnson Males Tweets & Location On Dec 28 Are A Very Scary Coincidence And May Close This Murder Case”, some of the tweets by “Bootz” are highlighted and gives context and perspective pertaining to what was going on with Michael Johnson and his brother during the morning hours leading up to when Phylicia disappeared in the afternoon on that fateful day. Comments on twitter about an unnecessarily busy Rolling Road indicates that “Bootz” and the occupants of his car were in a hurry to get to a location. Also, the mention of “grass in the hooka,” with”Bootz” and a person name “Ease” (suspectedly Michael Johnson) being high after the first puffs, gives a clear indication that they were riding in a car getting high off of marijuana. Their activity that morning is extremely important to discovering exactly what happened to young Phylicia Barnes, and it has never been established whether investigators have even pursued this angle of the case.

During one of my interviews with Shauntel Sallis-Evans who is Phylicia’s oldest sister, she conveyed to me she believed that when Deena Barnes observed Michael Johnson attempt to touch Phylicia in her private area, as Deena Barnes testified to in court, that Deena only became upset because she had not said it was okay to “get freaky” yet. Meaning that Shauntel believes all of the drinking, nudity, and sexual activity that Phylicia had been exposed to while interacting with a volume of males, were all activities directly sanctioned by Deena herself. According to accounts by both of the older Barnes half-siblings Deena and Kelly, Phylicia was never left at the apartment by herself. She either went with Deena or Kelly to their jobs each day. On December 28, 2010, the day Phylicia Simone Barnes vanished without a trace, it was the first time the child had been left at that apartment unsupervised despite the fact that a volume of adult males had access to the apartment.

Upon the discovery of young Phylicia having been left alone at the apartment by Johnson males that her older sister Deena (by her own admission through testimony in open court during the first trial) had sanctioned and allowed to run around nude with, playing a game called “jonking” (grabbing or feeling the genitalia of game participants), may explain why “Bootz” tweeted about how busy Rolling Road was. They were trying to get to that apartment with the child when  she was alone, and while the opportunity presented itself. So, if Shauntel’s perspective that Deena Barnes was the controlling factor related to the sex games they all played, with Deena not being there and out of the way, the Johnson boys were free to indulge the child in a sexual manner, because Phylicia’s sister who was responsible for supervising her had opened the door for these adult males to approach the child in such a manner. They just probably wasn’t counting on the child not being cooperative, which Janice Mustafa (Phylicia’s mother) told me she believes happened. Janice believes what ever they did to her daughter, that “Simone” told them she was “going to tell her mother,” and that may have triggered a violent reaction which resulted in the child’s fatality.

Like Janice Mustafa, its always been my personal belief that others along with Michael Johnson may have been at the apartment that morning, and what ever transpired resulting in the child’s disappearance  is a direct result of actions in which they all were collectively complicit. Not only that, but even other family members who may not have been involved with Phylicia’s demise, at the very least had some idea as to what happened to her, and apparently even knew where the child’s body was located during the crucial time period when extensive investigative measures and searches were being conducted to locate young Phylicia Barnes’ whereabouts. A suspicious tweet on social media by a female associate of Michael Johnson’s cousin that actually foreshadowed where the child’s body would ultimately be located, is compelling circumstantial evidence that reveals how those closely connected to the Johnson’s may have had advanced knowledge of what happen to Phylicia Barnes months before the authorities found her floating in a river.

While the police may have dismissed the existence of these facts for what ever reason, the prosecutor’s office should have urged direction to compel police officials to beat the streets to get to the bottom of what happened, what other  people knew, and what the female in particular knew about Phylicia’s disappearance. The tweet “its trapped at the dam don’t pull the lever” is an extremely compelling, yet equally disturbing pronouncement, especially considering who made the comment on social media.  The female who posted the statement on twitter is a former girlfriend of a Johnson cousin, who was a regular visitor at Deena Barnes’ apartment around the time the child was visiting Baltimore, and was one of the first people that police interviewed during the initial phase of Phylicia’s disappearance investigation. These details have troubled most who have closely followed this tragic case. The fact that the comment was made before she was discovered dead, doesn’t necessarily implicate the female or the Johnson cousin in Phylicia’s killing, and most people don’t even believe that anyway. It’s just a clear indication that the location of Phylicia’s body had been discussed or was at least known among the Johnson circle, and the eventual discovery of her lifeless body near the Conowingo “Dam” months after the tweet which in fact referenced a ‘dam” by a person closely connected to Phylicia’s older half-sibling and her boyfriend is an overt, self-evident, and palpable source of information that’s directly related to the child’s disappearance and subsequent demise.

Moreover, during one of my many conversations and interviews with Phylicia’s mother Janice Mustafa, she has expressed concern, remorse, and prayer for the female who made the comment on social media. Janice called her a “lost soul” and even pitied her for lacking the courage as a female to tell the truth about what she knows, while potentially having direct knowledge of what happened to another beautiful young female just like herself. Janice also conveyed to me that she believes, while her daughter’s killers may have escaped the criminal justice system, they haven’t escaped God’s justice, and further believes that the young female who potentially hinted the actual location of Phylicia’s body, will also suffer from God’s wrath for not standing up and giving Phylicia a voice when it counted. The grieving mother has always been vocal about the failure of those who know the truth, inability or unwillingness to come forward, and speak for her daughter so she can finally rest in peace.

There were also other suspicious comments on twitter that should have given investigators a lead on what potentially happened. While the comments by the female associate who has been dubbed the “twitter girl” by the public, actually seems to be ground zero for solving this case, the comments by some of Michael Johnson’s relatives on December 28, 2010 may have been a crucial break in the case. Hours after Michael Johnson says he last saw the child alive at the Northwest Baltimore apartment where she was staying, there were essentially no social media communication among Johnson’s entire circle, until nearly two hours later when Michael Johnson’s younger brother Glenton “Bootz” Johnson tweets that it was hot in some location. That tweet was followed by what appeared to be a caution or warning by their older brother who reference “the man” (street jargon for the police) watching:

12-28 3:24 pm Glenton tweet – Hot as shyt in here
12-28 3:31 pm Kevin Johnson Tweet – Watch wat u tweet. “the man” is watching.. lok

Like most followers of this case, I’m of the belief that some suspicious activity, if not in fact criminal was taking place and several Johnson family members may have been aware of it, if not complicit to. The cops can ignore these facts all day long, but it’s not rocket science based on those tweets that these individuals were concerned about their communications between each other potentially being monitored, or  being referenced later by police. The tweets are specifically relevant to this case because Baltimore’s Chief of Police at the time publicly conveyed that he believed young Phylicia’s body was being moved from different locations. This brings a very poignant question to mind. Where was “Bootz” at the time that tweet was made? Cellphone towers certainly could indicate the general area of his location when the tweet was me made. Investigators could have issued search warrants for the Mobile Network Operator (MNO), or service to obtain thiss information.  There was also information sent to The People’s Champion Blog detailing various properties owned by the Johnson family, and using the cell tower information, the cops could have potentially discovered places of interest to search for the child based on that tower data.

To completely ignore certain data obtained through warrants of social media accounts belonging to key people close to the Barnes case, is simply way too convenient and quite circumspect to say the least. More specifically, the failure of the Baltimore City Police and the Maryland State Police collectively, to unravel the suspicious nature of a tweet foreshadowing Phylicia’s locations near a dam, months prior to her actual discovery, has been the primary vehicle creating suspicion of how the police investigated the child’s case. As far away as California and other parts of the Mid West, web sleuthers, a school teacher, and even psychic detectives were able to conduct their own research to uncover troubling facts regarding the Barnes case. No one wants to believe that the cops were either unwilling or inept at doing heir job in this kid’s case, but the fact that Michael Johnson’s family, and the Barnes half-siblings both have family ties to the Baltimore police, leaves the door wide open with a plethora of speculation as to how and why those around Phylicia during her demise have yet to be caught.

While some have theorized that Johnson may have acted alone resulting in Phylicia’s murder, others believe the suspicious tweets by his younger brother around the time Michael says he last saw the child, may suggest that he had an accomplice in the cover up to discard of the pretty little girl’s body. Shauntel Sallis-Evans expounded on this perspective during an interview with TPC. She conveyed to me that she was troubled by the rather cavalier fashion in which Glenton “Bootz” Johnson testified in court pertaining to the number of times he allegedly had sex with her sister. Shauntel said his demeanor was kind of spiteful, an indication to her that Phylicia probably treated him like he was nothing, and if I understood her comments correctly, I believe Shauntel felt that Glenton used his testimony as a way to “clap back” at the child by muddying up her name for revenge of how Phylicia treated him.

People are probably still debating about the credibility of the Johnson brothers, their friends, other relatives, and Phylicia’s own half-siblings regarding what actually happened to this promising book smart kid, but there are facts pertaining to her murder that there has never been any cogitation about, which point to who may have killed her. The obvious and glaring details are centered round social media comments among relatives and friends close to Michael Johnson and his family. Its just stupendous that the cops never connected the dots on a volume of data they must have had possession of after obtaining search warrants for social media accounts. Many within the public either have their own theory, or continue to contemplate why and how investigators made crucial missteps in her case. Evidence suggest that Michael Johnson wasn’t the only person alone with Phylicia at Deena’s apartment on the morning of December 28, 2010. Also, other evidence suggest that tweets by the Johnson’s older brother are indicative of residue from criminal activity. Its highly suspicious that Glenn Johnson, Michael’s older brother would caution his other brother about social media content, and doing so while referencing potential monitoring by police on the very day the little girl goes missing.

In the long exhausting hunt for the person(s) responsible for taking the life of promising Phylicia Simone Barnes, there has always been a multitude of speculation, conjecture, and other hyperbole surrounding the details of how she died, but in the court of public opinion, her killing has never been a case of “who done it.” The only question that remains, is why the cops haven’t figured out yet, what the public has already conclusively resolved?

 

The People’s Champion

I’m Crime Blogger David Adams

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