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Prosecutors Face Uphill Battle In Barnes Teen Murder Retrial: City Police May have Bungled Case Which Should Have Implicated Others

 

Many of the tears have sense dried up that were shed by so many within the public who cried for Janice and Raheem Mustafa’s beautiful daughter, the late Phylicia Simone Barnes. Her story is an unbelievable journey that has yet to reach a culmination of the truth, justice for the murdered child and her family, and long awaited closure of a completely heartbreaking story about a promising teen girl who was manipulated, subverted, and led down a deadly path of promiscuousness and dangerous big city culture that would eventually result in the book smart child’s demise.

Many of the facts in her tragic story are clear. Phylicia Barnes disappeared nearly four years ago on December 28, 2010 while visiting her “half-siblings” in Baltimore over the Christmas holiday. After a volume of searches were conducted by various law enforcement agencies around the city, the Barnes teen nude body would subsequently be discovered by a state environment crew working near the Conowingo Dam in Northern Maryland. Phylicia had been staying with her “half-sister” in northwest Baltimore. How the pretty child ended up a victim of such a horrible demise nearly some 40 miles away has never quite been determined by investigators handling her murder case.

The teen’ mom pointed out very disturbing details about her daughter’s case from the very start. Janice Mustafa had spoken to her daughter’s “half-sister” at length regarding the kind of supervision she expected to be implemented while Phylicia was staying in Baltimore. Janice says that she was persistent in making her expectations known regarding the care of young Phylicia while in Maryland. Her public disclosure of these facts came amid criticism from the public, who thought it was simply poor judgement and parenting for allowing her daughter to visit what later was determined to be the worst environment imaginable for a young naive child like Phylicia. The mother cleared up earlier suspicions that the child had been neglected. She revealed that Phylicia had traveled to Baltimore on five previous occasions prior to her disappearance, and had returned home without incident. The mother seemingly had no cause for alarm.

Unfortunately, the mother’s daughter never led on about exactly what had been occurring during her visits to Baltimore. When she first got word that her daughter had gone missing, a child friend of Phylicia told Janice during a tearful dialogue of remorse, that Phylicia had previously revealed to her in confidence that she had been allowed to drink vodka and smoke marijuana during her visits to Baltimore. Janice said that the child was extremely distraught after learning of Phylicia’s disappearance, and felt regret for not having disclosed what Phylicia shared with her much earlier, and was now fearful that something may have happened to her friend.

Armed with that information, Janice and her husband Raheem headed to Baltimore to find their daughter. Janice said that she confronted Deena Barnes, the “half-sister” that Phylicia had been staying with about the allegations of her daughter being permitted to use drugs and drink alcohol. Janice said Deena admitted to her that she had allowed Phylicia to smoke “pot” and drink vodka, but assured her that her consumption was minimal. That admission by the “half-sister” coupled with statements from Phylicia’s older sister Shauntel, and others who were there, reveal that Deena Barnes had lied to Janice Mustafa about how she would be supervising her daughter while under her care in Baltimore. Phylicia had notified her big sister about concerns she had related to a volume of people (chiefly males) having access to the apartment, with people coming and going all the time.

Shauntel also revealed that her kid sister confided in her about a male at her sister’s apartment who made her uncomfortable because he repeatedly stirred at her (Suspectedly Michael Johnson). Although Deena Barnes purportedly admitted to Janice that Phylicia had been allowed to smoke “pot” and drink alcohol, she consistently denied these facts initially in public and that her apartment wasn’t what the cops described as a “flop house.” Further investigation by the Mustafas revealed that not only were young males and adult males coming and going to the apartment on a regular basis, but Deena’s boyfriend Michael Johnson, and another adult male were actually living there. Janice said this is completely contrary to what her understanding of the living arrangements would be while young Phylicia was staying there. Janice said that had she known that adult males were living at the apartment, her daughter would never have been permitted to visit Deena’s apartment alone.

All of these facts created tremendous concern for the Mustafas pertaining to their daughter who had gone missing. Much of what they learned was told to the police, but a apathetic posture by Baltimore Police who treated the Barnes disappearance as a typical run away case, gave those responsible for her death an entire week head start before her case was even taken seriously by the police. The lack of proactivity by police while initially learning of her disappearance is only one of a volume of serious blunders pertaining to the entire Phylicia Barnes murder investigation.

Some of the information initially provided to police surrounding Phylicia’s disappearance, now appears to have been purposefully designed and offered to police to mislead them. Whoever told cops that the child had gone to local establishments to purchase food, were more than likely lying to police. Investigations conducted into security surveillance cameras in the area concluded that the Barnes teen hadn’t gone to the local business district. The discovery of other inconsistent statements to the police by those who were around the child when she went missing, led to search warrants and the confiscation of personal property like cellphones etc, for several people connected to the case. The investigation would later discover a video captured on a cellphone which depicted Phylicia Barnes, Deena Barnes, Michael Johnson, and Johnson’s younger brother streaking nude.

The video was played for the jury during the first trial and is expected to be viewed by the current jury as well. The police have built a case against Johnson predicated on the belief that he had a serious infatuation with the teen. Prosecutors point out that while Johnson appeared to be kissing Deena Barnes in the video, he had his eyes directly fixed on Deena’s naked little sister Phylicia Barnes. They also utilized testimony from Deena Barnes herself during the first trial, who testified that she observed Michael Johnson attempted to touch young Phylicia in her nether regions before the teen pushed his hands away. Prosecutors also used text message records to reveal how Johnson had text the 16-year-old girl over 1,000 times in just a few months time period.

Mishaps In First Trial

The prosecutor attempted to place Michael Johnson at a crime scene which suggested that Phylicia was murdered inside her sister’s apartment. The state used the testimony of James McCray, who the defense argued during trial was a jail house snitch. McCray testified that he had given testimony for officials in Montgomery county. He went on to testify that Johnson had solicited his help disposing of Phylicia’s body. McCray said Johnson led him inside a northwest Baltimore apartment where he observed the teen’s lifeless body wrapped in sheets. McCray told the court that he declined to assist Johnson in moving the body, but did instruct him on how to best dispose of the body. McCray said he told Johnson to strip the body nude and to discard it in water because it would conceal forensics, and would not surface for a period of time.

McCray’s testimony seemed plausible because that’s exactly how Phylicia’s body appeared to have been discarded. Baring testimony from McCray, the state produced no physical evidence linking Michael Johnson to the body of Phylicia Barnes or even connecting him to the Susquehana River where her body was eventually discovered. The state presented a highly circumstantial case against Michael Johnson, while arguing that he was seen struggling with carrying a large tote in the stairwell of Deena’s apartment building. Prosecutors have failed to demonstrate how they believe the body of young Phylicia Barnes was contained inside the tote, but while offering to the court that the tote had never been found.

In fact, the state presented such a weak case against Michael Johnson during the initial trial, that prosecutors drew criticism from the presiding judge Alfred Nance, who scolded the state’ attorneys while stating that they have “presented a case based on a theory,” but stopping just short of tossing the case out entirely, and citing that the case should go before the jury. The jury came back with a conviction on the charge of second degree murder and it appeared that Johnson would be the sole person pinched for the murder of Phylicia Barnes. While the defense argued stringently against the credibility of McCray’s testimony, jurors who were interviewed by news media after the trial indicated that very little weight was given to the testimony of James McCray, but rather jail house recorded calls of Johnson was void of him ever declaring his innocence, and that his discussion about fleeing the country to avoid prosecution was just as good as an admission of guilt. Shortly after the trial concluded the prosecutors handling the Johnson case received documents from the Montgomery County police that revealed troubling information about James McCray, the state’ star witness against Michael Johnson.

Montgomery County officials revealed that McCray was in fact scrubbed as a witness for prosecutors because some officials had concern regarding his credibility. This also meant that McCray had committed perjury on the stand during the Michael Johnson murder trial. The state had an obligation to turn such witness testimony impeachment over to the defense, but waited over two weeks before doing so. Therefor, during the sentencing phase of Johnson’s murder trial, judge Nance overturned the conviction, and cited that the state failed to disclose pertinent discovery documents to Johnson’s counsel. Such a blunder by prosecutors was a direct violation of Michael Johnson’s constitutional right to a fail and impartial trial. Judge Nance had no other recourse but to overturn the conviction.

Should Johnson Have Been The Only Suspect

Now that the state can no longer use the testimony of James McCray, it erases the only piece of evidence presented during the first trial that connected Michael Johnson to a crime scene, and the teen’s dead body. Without such dynamic evidence, the state’ mostly circumstantial case will be a tremendous upheaval to obtain a murder conviction of Michael Johnson before a seated Baltimore City Circuit Court Jury. Especially if the state continues along the path of prosecution it started during the first trial. Many followers of this case widely believe that Johnson may have been involved in the killing of Phylicia Barnes, but almost certainly had accomplices. Investigators uncovered tremendous discovery pertaining to the case from social media, though mainly circumstantial, but more compelling in terms of potential guilt to Johnson and many of his family members and friends.

For instance, on January 28, 2011 a girlfriend of one of the initial people that was interviewed by police, tweeted “it’s trapped at the dam, don’t pull the lever.” This communication was revealed and sent to police investigators, and raises serious concern whether the female’s (“the twitter girl”) tweet was a direct revelation regarding the location of the body of Phylicia Barnes, considering that the communication was made nearly three months prior to Phylicia’s body having been discovered at the Conowingo Dam in northern Maryland. Although the tweet is circumstantial, it’s perhaps the most dynamic piece of indirect evidence that prosecutors could have produce in court. It also suggest that others may have been involved in the child’s disappearance and murder. The fact that prosecutors never utilized such discover is confusing.

Additionally, investigators uncovered a volume of tweet exchanges between Michael Johnson and his relatives. Chiefly, literally just minutes before Johnson says that he last saw the Barnes teen alive around 1:30 p.m. One very disturbing tweet by Johnson’s younger brother, who tweeted at 1:23 p.m. “don’t tell her twice, whoop her ass.”

Tweets on December 28, 2010

12-28 1:03 pm Glenton twitter~~> –Whoop her ass #ladyinthestore–

12-28 1:23 pm Glenton twitter~~> –**** dat don’t tella twice whopp her ass–

Glenton’s tweets are both compelling and scary as he is telling someone to whoop a female’s ass just 7 minutes before Phylicia Barnes was reportedly last seen alive by Michael Johnson. A previous TPC article also details how one of the Johnson cousins William Johnson engaged TPC and readers in the Blog’s chat room, while revealing that Michael Johnson has a nickname (“Ease”) that he obtained from a xbox game tag. The exchange in the Blog chat room caused many to believe that cops had compelling and sufficient evidence to charge Glenton “Bootz” Johnson along side his older brother Michael for the killing of Phylicia Barnes. The tweet that points to Glenton and Michael riding together eaarlier that day in a car smoking marijuana is here:

12-28 12:59 pm Glenton twitter~~> – “@AYOKrazie yo me an ease mixed some grass in da hookah dat shyt had me stupid high like my second time smokin–”

This shows that if William Johnson is correct that Michael’s nickname is in fact “Ease” then it means that he and Glenton were together minutes before the teen disappeared. Michael told cops that he last saw the pretty teen asleep on the couch at her sister’s apartment on December 28, 2010 around 1:30 p.m., but when we consider tweets from Glenton on the same day minutes before she was last seen alive by anyone, a very scary picture is revealed and might indicate that Glenton and Michael may have in fact kidnapped the child and used force to get her to comply with their demands.

It was first revealed during the Peas In their pods internet radio interview of the Barnes siblings, that according to Phylicia’s older half-sister, Michael Johnson went by her apartment early that morning to do laundry and that he eventually took his kid brother Delanie home because he didn’t have permission to be at the apartment. Many followers believed it was just a very bad idea to leave a pretty teen girl alone with males present that were not related to her. However, there are other tweets by Glenton Johnson that compels many from the public to believe that he and Michael were in a hurry attempting to navigate busy Rolling Road congested traffic, because the pair wanted to hurry back to Deena Barnes’ apartment where they could isolate young Phylicia Barnes while she was alone.

More Tweets from Glenton Johnson on December 28, 2010

12-28 12:48 pm Glenton twitter~~>Rollin rd is gay
12-28 12:49 pm Glenton twitter Just a busy ass street for no reason–
12-28 12:51 pm Glenton twitter~~> Hurry up an buy!–

Many of the bizarre tweets from Michael Johnson and his family members from the exact same day Phylicia Barnes went missing, paint a disturbing but perhaps compelling story that the males were up to something, and it’s all there in the figurative language being used by the Johnson Clan, but the cops dropped the ball and never gave the tweets any credibility at all. I am certain that tweets and other communication from Johnson family members were coded with hidden meaning, that an older Johnson brother tweeted a warning of caution related to the content of their tweets.

12-28 3:31 pm Kevin Johnson Tweet Watch wat u tweet. “the man” is watching.. lok

Also during the first trial, the state challenged the older Johnson on the stand, asking him if he recalled an internet search he conducted via Google where he attempted to determine if a cellphone’s GPS could be detected if the phone was in fact turned off. Kevin Johnson denied recollection of the search inquiry, but it was a very compelling argument that the state attempted to present, because it highlighted how the Johnson brothers were in constant contact with each other on the day that young Phylicia Barnes went missing, and at the very least the older Johnson demonstrated concern for the contents of the clan’s tweets and didn’t want it to e viewed by police, as well as their locations while tweeting to each other.

The social media communications between the Johnson’s were all circumstantial, but presents a very tough scenario that should never have been overlooked by the Baltimore City Police. Their tweets were more compelling in terms of establishing potential involvement of many of the Johnson brothers related to the Barnes teen murder case, as oppose to the extremely vanilla story that the state offered during the first trial when James McCray testified placing Michael Johnson at a crime scene with the Barnes teen’s lifeless body. When the lead investigator of the Barnes case became embroiled in a criminal case involving his own daughter, it’s widely believed that state prosecutors panicked and created a rush to judgement charging Johnson for the crime before having all of their ducks line up in a row, so that the nails could completely shut the coffin on Michael Johnson and his accomplices.

The tremendous gamble that prosecutors took by rolling the dice and intentionally putting a lying star witness who subsequently perjured himself on the stand during the state’ first trial culminating into a conviction having been overturned, and the failure of city police to connect the dots surrounding potentially incriminating tweets by Johnson family members, may have simply raised the burden of proof to unobtainable heights for the Maryland State prosecutors office, and what a shame it is for the quest of justice for this teen girl and her family. It’s an uphill battle that may result into another acquittal with Michael Maurice Johnson walking, while escaping conviction of the death of young Phylicia Simone Barnes. Four years later and her story remains an extremely sad commentary.

To Be Continued ..

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Many of the tears have sense dried up that were shed by so many within the public who cried for Janice and Raheem Mustafa’s beautiful daughter, the late Phylicia Simone Barnes. Her story is an unbelievable journey that has yet to reach a culmination of the truth, justice for the murdered child and her family, and long awaited closure of a completely heartbreaking story about a promising teen girl who was manipulated, subverted, and led down a deadly path of promiscuousness and dangerous big city culture that would eventually result in the book smart child’s demise.

Many of the facts in her tragic story are clear. Phylicia Barnes disappeared nearly four years ago on December 28, 2010 while visiting her “half-siblings” in Baltimore over the Christmas holiday. After a volume of searches were conducted by various law enforcement agencies around the city, the Barnes teen nude body would subsequently be discovered by a state environment crew working near the Conowingo Dam in Northern Maryland. Phylicia had been staying with her “half-sister” in northwest Baltimore. How the pretty child ended up a victim of such a horrible demise nearly some 40 miles away has never quite been determined by investigators handling her murder case.

The teen’ mom pointed out very disturbing details about her daughter’s case from the very start. Janice Mustafa had spoken to her daughter’s “half-sister” at length regarding the kind of supervision she expected to be implemented while Phylicia was staying in Baltimore. Janice says that she was persistent in making her expectations known regarding the care of young Phylicia while in Maryland. Her public disclosure of these facts came amid criticism from the public, who thought it was simply poor judgement and parenting for allowing her daughter to visit what later was determined to be the worst environment imaginable for a young naive child like Phylicia. The mother cleared up earlier suspicions that the child had been neglected. She revealed that Phylicia had traveled to Baltimore on five previous occasions prior to her disappearance, and had returned home without incident. The mother seemingly had no cause for alarm.

Unfortunately, the mother’s daughter never led on about exactly what had been occurring during her visits to Baltimore. When she first got word that her daughter had gone missing, a child friend of Phylicia told Janice during a tearful dialogue of remorse, that Phylicia had previously revealed to her in confidence that she had been allowed to drink vodka and smoke marijuana during her visits to Baltimore. Janice said that the child was extremely distraught after learning of Phylicia’s disappearance, and felt regret for not having disclosed what Phylicia shared with her much earlier, and was now fearful that something may have happened to her friend.

Armed with that information, Janice and her husband Raheem headed to Baltimore to find their daughter. Janice said that she confronted Deena Barnes, the “half-sister” that Phylicia had been staying with about the allegations of her daughter being permitted to use drugs and drink alcohol. Janice said Deena admitted to her that she had allowed Phylicia to smoke “pot” and drink vodka, but assured her that her consumption was minimal. That admission by the “half-sister” coupled with statements from Phylicia’s older sister Shauntel, and others who were there, reveal that Deena Barnes had lied to Janice Mustafa about how she would be supervising her daughter while under her care in Baltimore. Phylicia had notified her big sister about concerns she had related to a volume of people (chiefly males) having access to the apartment, with people coming and going all the time.

Shauntel also revealed that her kid sister confided in her about a male at her sister’s apartment who made her uncomfortable because he repeatedly stirred at her (Suspectedly Michael Johnson). Although Deena Barnes purportedly admitted to Janice that Phylicia had been allowed to smoke “pot” and drink alcohol, she consistently denied these facts initially in public and that her apartment wasn’t what the cops described as a “flop house.” Further investigation by the Mustafas revealed that not only were young males and adult males coming and going to the apartment on a regular basis, but Deena’s boyfriend Michael Johnson, and another adult male were actually living there. Janice said this is completely contrary to what her understanding of the living arrangements would be while young Phylicia was staying there. Janice said that had she known that adult males were living at the apartment, her daughter would never have been permitted to visit Deena’s apartment alone.

All of these facts created tremendous concern for the Mustafas pertaining to their daughter who had gone missing. Much of what they learned was told to the police, but a apathetic posture by Baltimore Police who treated the Barnes disappearance as a typical run away case, gave those responsible for her death an entire week head start before her case was even taken seriously by the police. The lack of proactivity by police while initially learning of her disappearance is only one of a volume of serious blunders pertaining to the entire Phylicia Barnes murder investigation.

Some of the information initially provided to police surrounding Phylicia’s disappearance, now appears to have been purposefully designed and offered to police to mislead them. Whoever told cops that the child had gone to local establishments to purchase food, were more than likely lying to police. Investigations conducted into security surveillance cameras in the area concluded that the Barnes teen hadn’t gone to the local business district. The discovery of other inconsistent statements to the police by those who were around the child when she went missing, led to search warrants and the confiscation of personal property like cellphones etc, for several people connected to the case. The investigation would later discover a video captured on a cellphone which depicted Phylicia Barnes, Deena Barnes, Michael Johnson, and Johnson’s younger brother streaking nude.

The video was played for the jury during the first trial and is expected to be viewed by the current jury as well. The police have built a case against Johnson predicated on the belief that he had a serious infatuation with the teen. Prosecutors point out that while Johnson appeared to be kissing Deena Barnes in the video, he had his eyes directly fixed on Deena’s naked little sister Phylicia Barnes. They also utilized testimony from Deena Barnes herself during the first trial, who testified that she observed Michael Johnson attempted to touch young Phylicia in her nether regions before the teen pushed his hands away. Prosecutors also used text message records to reveal how Johnson had text the 16-year-old girl over 1,000 times in just a few months time period.

Mishaps In First Trial

The prosecutor attempted to place Michael Johnson at a crime scene which suggested that Phylicia was murdered inside her sister’s apartment. The state used the testimony of James McCray, who the defense argued during trial was a jail house snitch. McCray testified that he had given testimony for officials in Montgomery county. He went on to testify that Johnson had solicited his help disposing of Phylicia’s body. McCray said Johnson led him inside a northwest Baltimore apartment where he observed the teen’s lifeless body wrapped in sheets. McCray told the court that he declined to assist Johnson in moving the body, but did instruct him on how to best dispose of the body. McCray said he told Johnson to strip the body nude and to discard it in water because it would conceal forensics, and would not surface for a period of time.

McCray’s testimony seemed plausible because that’s exactly how Phylicia’s body appeared to have been discarded. Baring testimony from McCray, the state produced no physical evidence linking Michael Johnson to the body of Phylicia Barnes or even connecting him to the Susquehana River where her body was eventually discovered. The state presented a highly circumstantial case against Michael Johnson, while arguing that he was seen struggling with carrying a large tote in the stairwell of Deena’s apartment building. Prosecutors have failed to demonstrate how they believe the body of young Phylicia Barnes was contained inside the tote, but while offering to the court that the tote had never been found.

In fact, the state presented such a weak case against Michael Johnson during the initial trial, that prosecutors drew criticism from the presiding judge Alfred Nance, who scolded the state’ attorneys while stating that they have “presented a case based on a theory,” but stopping just short of tossing the case out entirely, and citing that the case should go before the jury. The jury came back with a conviction on the charge of second degree murder and it appeared that Johnson would be the sole person pinched for the murder of Phylicia Barnes. While the defense argued stringently against the credibility of McCray’s testimony, jurors who were interviewed by news media after the trial indicated that very little weight was given to the testimony of James McCray, but rather jail house recorded calls of Johnson was void of him ever declaring his innocence, and that his discussion about fleeing the country to avoid prosecution was just as good as an admission of guilt. Shortly after the trial concluded the prosecutors handling the Johnson case received documents from the Montgomery County police that revealed troubling information about James McCray, the state’ star witness against Michael Johnson.

Montgomery County officials revealed that McCray was in fact scrubbed as a witness for prosecutors because some officials had concern regarding his credibility. This also meant that McCray had committed perjury on the stand during the Michael Johnson murder trial. The state had an obligation to turn such witness testimony impeachment over to the defense, but waited over two weeks before doing so. Therefor, during the sentencing phase of Johnson’s murder trial, judge Nance overturned the conviction, and cited that the state failed to disclose pertinent discovery documents to Johnson’s counsel. Such a blunder by prosecutors was a direct violation of Michael Johnson’s constitutional right to a fail and impartial trial. Judge Nance had no other recourse but to overturn the conviction.

Should Johnson Have Been The Only Suspect

Now that the state can no longer use the testimony of James McCray, it erases the only piece of evidence presented during the first trial that connected Michael Johnson to a crime scene, and the teen’s dead body. Without such dynamic evidence, the state’ mostly circumstantial case will be a tremendous upheaval to obtain a murder conviction of Michael Johnson before a seated Baltimore City Circuit Court Jury. Especially if the state continues along the path of prosecution it started during the first trial. Many followers of this case widely believe that Johnson may have been involved in the killing of Phylicia Barnes, but almost certainly had accomplices. Investigators uncovered tremendous discovery pertaining to the case from social media, though mainly circumstantial, but more compelling in terms of potential guilt to Johnson and many of his family members and friends.

For instance, on January 28, 2011 a girlfriend of one of the initial people that was interviewed by police, tweeted “it’s trapped at the dam, don’t pull the lever.” This communication was revealed and sent to police investigators, and raises serious concern whether the female’s (“the twitter girl”) tweet was a direct revelation regarding the location of the body of Phylicia Barnes, considering that the communication was made nearly three months prior to Phylicia’s body having been discovered at the Conowingo Dam in northern Maryland. Although the tweet is circumstantial, it’s perhaps the most dynamic piece of indirect evidence that prosecutors could have produce in court. It also suggest that others may have been involved in the child’s disappearance and murder. The fact that prosecutors never utilized such discover is confusing.

Additionally, investigators uncovered a volume of tweet exchanges between Michael Johnson and his relatives. Chiefly, literally just minutes before Johnson says that he last saw the Barnes teen alive around 1:30 p.m. One very disturbing tweet by Johnson’s younger brother, who tweeted at 1:23 p.m. “don’t tell her twice, whoop her ass.”

Tweets on December 28, 2010

12-28 1:03 pm Glenton twitter~~> –Whoop her ass #ladyinthestore–

12-28 1:23 pm Glenton twitter~~> –**** dat don’t tella twice whopp her ass–

Glenton’s tweets are both compelling and scary as he is telling someone to whoop a female’s ass just 7 minutes before Phylicia Barnes was reportedly last seen alive by Michael Johnson. A previous TPC article also details how one of the Johnson cousins William Johnson engaged TPC and readers in the Blog’s chat room, while revealing that Michael Johnson has a nickname (“Ease”) that he obtained from a xbox game tag. The exchange in the Blog chat room caused many to believe that cops had compelling and sufficient evidence to charge Glenton “Bootz” Johnson along side his older brother Michael for the killing of Phylicia Barnes. The tweet that points to Glenton and Michael riding together eaarlier that day in a car smoking marijuana is here:

12-28 12:59 pm Glenton twitter~~> – “@AYOKrazie yo me an ease mixed some grass in da hookah dat shyt had me stupid high like my second time smokin–”

This shows that if William Johnson is correct that Michael’s nickname is in fact “Ease” then it means that he and Glenton were together minutes before the teen disappeared. Michael told cops that he last saw the pretty teen asleep on the couch at her sister’s apartment on December 28, 2010 around 1:30 p.m., but when we consider tweets from Glenton on the same day minutes before she was last seen alive by anyone, a very scary picture is revealed and might indicate that Glenton and Michael may have in fact kidnapped the child and used force to get her to comply with their demands.

It was first revealed during the Peas In their pods internet radio interview of the Barnes siblings, that according to Phylicia’s older half-sister, Michael Johnson went by her apartment early that morning to do laundry and that he eventually took his kid brother Delanie home because he didn’t have permission to be at the apartment. Many followers believed it was just a very bad idea to leave a pretty teen girl alone with males present that were not related to her. However, there are other tweets by Glenton Johnson that compels many from the public to believe that he and Michael were in a hurry attempting to navigate busy Rolling Road congested traffic, because the pair wanted to hurry back to Deena Barnes’ apartment where they could isolate young Phylicia Barnes while she was alone.

More Tweets from Glenton Johnson on December 28, 2010

12-28 12:48 pm Glenton twitter~~>Rollin rd is gay
12-28 12:49 pm Glenton twitter Just a busy ass street for no reason–
12-28 12:51 pm Glenton twitter~~> Hurry up an buy!–

Many of the bizarre tweets from Michael Johnson and his family members from the exact same day Phylicia Barnes went missing, paint a disturbing but perhaps compelling story that the males were up to something, and it’s all there in the figurative language being used by the Johnson Clan, but the cops dropped the ball and never gave the tweets any credibility at all. I am certain that tweets and other communication from Johnson family members were coded with hidden meaning, that an older Johnson brother tweeted a warning of caution related to the content of their tweets.

12-28 3:31 pm Kevin Johnson Tweet Watch wat u tweet. “the man” is watching.. lok

Also during the first trial, the state challenged the older Johnson on the stand, asking him if he recalled an internet search he conducted via Google where he attempted to determine if a cellphone’s GPS could be detected if the phone was in fact turned off. Kevin Johnson denied recollection of the search inquiry, but it was a very compelling argument that the state attempted to present, because it highlighted how the Johnson brothers were in constant contact with each other on the day that young Phylicia Barnes went missing, and at the very least the older Johnson demonstrated concern for the contents of the clan’s tweets and didn’t want it to e viewed by police, as well as their locations while tweeting to each other.

The social media communications between the Johnson’s were all circumstantial, but presents a very tough scenario that should never have been overlooked by the Baltimore City Police. Their tweets were more compelling in terms of establishing potential involvement of many of the Johnson brothers related to the Barnes teen murder case, as oppose to the extremely vanilla story that the state offered during the first trial when James McCray testified placing Michael Johnson at a crime scene with the Barnes teen’s lifeless body. When the lead investigator of the Barnes case became embroiled in a criminal case involving his own daughter, it’s widely believed that state prosecutors panicked and created a rush to judgement charging Johnson for the crime before having all of their ducks line up in a row, so that the nails could completely shut the coffin on Michael Johnson and his accomplices.

The tremendous gamble that prosecutors took by rolling the dice and intentionally putting a lying star witness who subsequently perjured himself on the stand during the state’ first trial culminating into a conviction having been overturned, and the failure of city police to connect the dots surrounding potentially incriminating tweets by Johnson family members, may have simply raised the burden of proof to unobtainable heights for the Maryland State prosecutors office, and what a shame it is for the quest of justice for this teen girl and her family. It’s an uphill battle that may result into another acquittal with Michael Maurice Johnson walking, while escaping conviction of the death of young Phylicia Simone Barnes. Four years later and her story remains an extremely sad commentary.

To Be Continued ..

The People’s Champion
I’m David Adams

Self proclaimed geek, Advocate for the homeless, Social Change, Crime Blogger, and mobile technology enthusiast. Recognized journalist and Human Interest Writer championing the plight of the masses whom are without a voice of their own.
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