The current delay in court proceedings only compounds the frustrations of the murdered teen’s family and those within the public who have been following her tragic story.
The jurors in Johnson’s first trial did their job by rendering a verdict of guilty on the count of 2nd degree murder, but shenanigans by state prosecutors set the stage for Johnson’s conviction to be overturned by a Circuit Court Judge who not only appeared to be eager to set the Barnes teen accused murderer free, but made his displeasure with the state’ case known in open court by chastising prosecutors for his personal perception of a weak case against Johnson.
It’s confusing how that information doesn’t get in the trial when it’s very compelling that the woman obviously knew where Barnes’ body was months before the cops found her floating in a river near a dam.
That information was given to the Maryland State Police from the public, and even prompted authorities to question the young woman regarding her comment on twitter.
The state chose not to utilize that information as part of evidence in the trial for some strange reason.
Perhaps the argument could be made that judge Nance refused to allow the comment in court because the state failed to connect the tweet to Johnson, but it’s a no brainer that Johnson’s relative, one of the initial people questioned by police during the beginning of the Barnes teen disappearance investigation, more than likely had advanced information regarding what happened to Barnes.
The connection is that the young woman and the Johnson cousin were regulars at Phylicia’s older half sibling’s apartment around the time the child had gone missing.
In fact, the Barnes relative working for Baltimore police showed up at the apartment the day Phylicia was reported missing and began to conduct an unofficial investigation by questioning people.
It’s very compelling that the officer’s presence at the scene of the missing person call may have been crucial in avoiding the Barnes teen disappearance having been taken seriously.
There has also been speculation that Johnson will now be represented by a Public Defender (state paid attorney).
The case file doesn’t have any new defense attorneys listed as having entered their appearance in the case, but the recent postponement more than likely centers around Neverdon’s recent public announcement that he will be running for the Baltimore City State’ Attorney post, and Johnson’s new legal counsel may have filed the motion for a new court date to allow the defense an opportunity to get up to speed on the merits of the case.
Many of the lies which that were told became unraveled during the trial when the teen’s half sibling had to admit that she gave her kid sister alcohol and marijuana (facts that she repeatedly lied about to the child’s mother, and various media organizations), allowed her to run around intoxicated completely nude with her boyfriend and other males, and that she had even witnessed Johnson attempting to fondle Phylicia in her presence.
Th older half sibling’s failure to convey to police at the very least, what she had previously witnessed Johnson attempt to do to Phylica, is highly probable that the investigation may have been directed toward Johnson as a suspect early on, and may have also resulted in the child being found alive.
There were a volume of lies that were initially told to police during the early hours of Phylicia’s disappearance.