The details are still emerging but news media reports that Michael Maurice Johnson was convicted of 2nd degree murder in the killing of young Phylicia Simone Barnes in a Baltimore Circuit Court today less than an hour ago. Phylicia’s family members could be seen hugging, crying, and thanking God in the hallways of Courthouse East. The scene is a culmination of stress, concern, and frustration for a murder case that took over two years to resolve. The pretty book smart honors teen had gone to Baltimore over the 2010 Christmas Holiday to visit her half-siblings and mysteriously vanished. Barnes’ story made national media headlines but eventually lost steam in mainstream media as the investigation lingered on. Thousands of followers also followed the teen’s case in the backdrop on various social media sites, some lost interest in her story in those forums as well, but overall Phylicia’s story developed an international following, and was never really forgotten within the minds and hearts of people all over the world who simply refused to let the promising child die in vain. The trial consisted of a mountain of circumstantial evidence being presented by the prosecution before a Baltimore City jury, and is simply an incredible feet considering controversial verdicts juries in the town has had a reputation for in the past. No word on the factors that helped the jury arrive a conviction, as Justin Fenton of the Baltimore Sun reports the Jury Forman declined to comment on the verdict. The case had no hard evidence, no DNA, no crime scene, and no tangible evidence usually found in cases like this which help prosecutors nail a defendant to the wall. This case did have elements that may have convinced the jury that Johnson was in fact guilty. The conversations regarding Johnson’s desire to flee the country to avoid prosecution, the purchasing of the tote, and the sex video were all pieces of evidence which Johnson himself may have signed his own fate. Though many followers are elated, sounding off in various social media forums, there continues to be a constant repulsion for the slain teen’s older half-sibling Deena Barnes. The public simply refuses to disregard her actions which many feel led up to, and is in fact directly responsible for the untimely demise of her baby sister. Judge Alfred Nance scheduled Johnson’s sentencing next month on March 20, 2013. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Reporters caught up with Phylicia’s mother Janice Mustafa who simply said, “I can breathe again.” Details are still emerging and I’ll bring them to you as they arrive. Justice has finally come for Phylicia Simone Barnes!!!
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