Former Boyfriend of Phylicia Barnes' Sister Indicted on Murder Charge
Michael Johnson was arrested Wednesday night.
A grand jury indicted a man Thursday in the murder of Phylicia Barnes, the 16-year-old who disappeared from her sister's apartment in Baltimore in December 2010 and whose body was found last April, according to Gregg Bernstein, the state's attorney for Baltimore City.
Michael Johnson, the ex-boyfriend of Phylicia Barnes' half-sister, is being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center on a charge of first-degree murder, Bernstein said at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
"Based on a complete and very thorough investigation...we believe that we've got the right guy," said Bernstein.
Barnes, who was an honors student residing in North Carolina, had been visiting her half-sister on Reisterstown Road in Baltimore when she went missing Dec. 28, 2010.
In the months that followed her disappearance, area agencies conducted searches, including an investigation in Patapsco State Park.
This article was updated at 1:15 p.m. on April 26 to reflect that Johnson was indicted.