BALTIMORE (AP) -- A Baltimore judge has denied bail for a man accused of killing a North Carolina teen whose body was found in a Maryland river months after she went missing.
Assistant State's Attorney Lisa Goldberg told the judge Friday that Michael Johnson, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, mentioned in emails and texts that he would flee the country if charged. Noting concerns about those messages, Judge John Addison Howard ordered Johnson, Barnes' half-sister's ex-boyfriend, held without bail.
Goldberg says Johnson asphyxiated Barnes in her half-sister's apartment, then used a 35-gallon tub to move the body. She says he was videotaped buying the tub and a neighbor saw him carrying it.
Johnson has denied the charges and his attorney calls the case circumstantial.
Baltimore police say they've arrested a man in the death of a North Carolina teenager whose body was found in a river after she vanished in 2010 while visiting relatives in the area.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Associated Press early Thursday that a man he identified only as Michael Johnson had been arrested in the death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, of Monroe, N.C. Guglielmi says prosecutors will release more information later Thursday morning on the arrest.
Barnes was visiting Baltimore with family when she disappeared Dec. 28, 2010. Workers at the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River found her body the following April. Medical examiners ruled the death a homicide