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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2013
A Baltimore jury found Michael Maurice Johnson guilty of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, agreeing with prosecutors that the last known person to see the North Carolina teen alive was also her killer. Johnson stood with his eyes closed as jurors read the verdict and did not appear to react. Jurors acquitted him on the initial charge of first-degree murder, but after almost two days of deliberating reached a unanimous verdict on second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | May 28, 2014
The Savage Mill Trail at Savage Park is a popular destination, but the park's scenic beauty belies its inherent dangers. On the afternoon of Sunday, May 25, county police Sgt. Michael Johnson came face to face with those dangers when, during a routine patrol, he came upon a nightmare situation. A 9-year-old girl, who had been on the scenic trail with her family, had fallen into the river and was being swept downstream by the current. Johnson, a 16-year veteran of the force, said he did what he was trained to do; He jumped in the river and saved the drowning girl.
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By Jonas Shaffer, For The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2012
The first thing Tim Johnson remembers hearing from the son who had gone unexpectedly airborne that dreary August afternoon seven years ago in southern Canada, a 12-year-old bucked from his 250cc motorcycle like a clueless bull rider, was that he could not feel his legs. Michael Johnson could not feel his legs, he later learned, because there was no way of feeling them. At the moment his chest, hurtling toward a wooden fence at almost 80 mph, met the handlebars of a dirt bike that refused to go any farther, the paraplegia was immediate.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2013
Michael Huff spent his final season with the Oakland Raiders last year primarily lining up at cornerback, forced to cover some of the top receivers in the game. Although Huff didn't embarrass himself as he started all but two games on the outside because of injuries in the secondary, it wasn't his natural position. It's an altogether different situation for Huff with the Ravens after he signed a three-year, $6 million contract this offseason to replace Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed.
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April 22, 2003
On April 19, 2003, BARBARA J. JOHNSON, beloved wife of Robert Johnson; devoted mother of Dan Johnson, Susan Kulakowski and Michael Johnson; dear grandmother of Jessica Lynn Stahl, Jennifer Johnson, Michael Johnson Jr., Joshua Johnson and Charles Kulakowski; great-grandmother of Kaysie Stahl. Barbara was a long time volunteer with the American Cancer Society, Reach to Recovery Program and counseling breast cancer patients. Memorial services will be held Friday, April 25 at 2 P.M., at North Point Baptist Church, 4201 North Point Blvd.
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By Josh Mitchell and Laura Barnhardt and Josh Mitchell and Laura Barnhardt,sun reporters | May 1, 2007
For more than half a century, the Arbutus Social Club in southwestern Baltimore County has hosted bull roasts, baby showers and weddings. The brickfront building on Stevens Avenue is often booked throughout weekends, with sometimes two events a night. But the head of the club says there's never been an event like the birthday party that carried into yesterday morning. That gathering ended abruptly in gunfire, with two men dead and three people injured - and police imploring witnesses to break their silence.
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April 18, 2004
On April 10, 2004; EVELYN A. JOHNSON, loving wife of James Johnson, Sr.; step-mother of James, Jr. and Michael Johnson; special son Shawn Credle; sisters Doris Jefferson and Ruth Pratt and other family and friends. Friends may call at the JOSEPH L. RUSS FUNERAL HOME, 2222 W. North Avenue. Family hour Tuesday, 10:30 AM with Funeral to follow at 11 AM
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August 28, 2003
On August 25, 2003, ALBERT, SR.; husband of the late Keevie Carrie Johnson; devoted father of Albert, Jr., William, Ronald and Michael Johnson, Naomie Wainwright and Sinia Person. Also survived by a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the CHATMAN-HARRIS FUNERAL HOME, 5240 Reisterstown Road, Thursday, after 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. The family will receive friends at New Pilgram Baptist Church, 629 N. Washington Street, Friday, 10:30 A.M. Funeral services will begin 11 A.M. Interment Lorraine Park Cemetery.
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December 15, 2003
On December 13, 2003, JAMES A.; beloved husband of Marlene E. Parker (nee Hanna); father of Easter Johnson, Ronda Smallwood, Joanne Knox and the late James A. Parker, Jr. and James E. Parker; father-in-law of Michael Johnson and Robert Smallwood; grandfather of Jeremy, Sylvia, Jessica, Philip, Derek, Robert, Julius, Sasha and Tyler Knox; great-grandfather of Jeremy and Jacob. Services at ECKHARDT FUNERAL CHAPEL, P.A., 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills, Tuesday at 11 A.M. Interment in Lake View Memorial Park.
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September 22, 1999
Meet Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson has become one of the greatest sprinters of all time. Michael has dominated the 200-meter and 400-meter events since 1990.Michael ran his best race at the 1996 Olympics. No man in history had won the 200-meter race and the 400-meter race at the same Games. Michael was the first.And he's not finished yet. Michael plans to set more records and win more medals at the 2000 Olympics, in Sydney, Australia ."I was good at arguing when I was a kid, so I wanted to become a lawyer.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2013
UPDATE: A Baltimore jury has found Michael Maurice Johnson guilty of second-degree murder in the killing Phylicia Barnes, a North Carolina teenager whose body was found in the Susquehanna River in 2011, months after a mysterious disappearance that drew national attention.   Lawyers on both sides   had acknowledged in closing arguments  that the evidence against Johnson was circumstantial. But while defense attorneys described flaws and inconsistencies, prosecutors said the facts pointed to Johnson as the only reasonable suspect.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
In a pivotal day of testimony in the Phylicia Barnes murder trial, a 36-year-old petty criminal the defense has dismissed as a "jailhouse snitch" took the stand as one of the prosecution's key witnesses. James McCray, currently locked up in Charles County on a theft conviction, began his testimony by saying his name was actually Jason Lee and that he had drifted to Baltimore six years ago from New York and run an under-the-table business helping unqualified drivers get tags and titles.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
Jurors got to hear Michael Maurice Johnson's account Tuesday of the last time he saw Phylicia Barnes alive, as prosecutors played audio tape of a police interview with the man now charged with killing the 16-year-old. In the Dec. 31, 2010, interview, recorded three days after Phylicia disappeared, Johnson, 28, laid out a sequence of events that matches up with the testimony of others who described interacting with him that day. He said he visited the apartment he once shared with Phylicia's older half-sister, Deena Barnes, to take his younger brother home.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2013
The older sister of Phylicia Barnes tearfully said Monday she had allowed her teenage sister to drift too close to the man now accused of murdering her, testifying in the trial of Michael Maurice Johnson that the then-26-year-old's unnerving conduct one summer night was the final blow to their relationship. Prosecutors played for the jurors a 16-minute video they said depicted Deena Barnes and Johnson, along with Phylicia and Johnson's younger brother Glenton Michael Johnson kissing and "nakedly" touching after leaving a June 2010 party on a dare that they go streaking together.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
Baltimore prosecutors said Friday that a sexually charged video depicting teenager Phylicia Barnes and the man accused of killing her shows a turning point in the relationship that ultimately led to her death. Assistant State's Attorney Lisa Goldberg also said in opening statements that a witness will testify that defendant Michael Maurice Johnson showed him Barnes' body after she died, in a plea for help. Defense lawyers said that witness is unreliable and shows that the state has a weak case.
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By Jonas Shaffer, For The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2012
The first thing Tim Johnson remembers hearing from the son who had gone unexpectedly airborne that dreary August afternoon seven years ago in southern Canada, a 12-year-old bucked from his 250cc motorcycle like a clueless bull rider, was that he could not feel his legs. Michael Johnson could not feel his legs, he later learned, because there was no way of feeling them. At the moment his chest, hurtling toward a wooden fence at almost 80 mph, met the handlebars of a dirt bike that refused to go any farther, the paraplegia was immediate.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 13, 1991
NEW YORK -- The world's fastest human holds no world records and never has appeared in the Olympic Games. He is overshadowed by his teammate and idol, Carl Lewis, and perplexed by the attention lavished on Ben Johnson.But Leroy Burrell is not complaining -- he is dreaming. He is at the USA/Mobil Championships trying to establish himself securely as the leading U.S. sprinter at 100 and 200 meters. He is laying the groundwork for a gold-medal push at this summer's World Championships in Tokyo and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
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By Justin Fenton and Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2012
UPDATE : The Baltimore State's Attorney's Office said authorities will speak about the arrest at a 1 p.m. news conference at city police headquarters. An arrest has been made in connection with the killing of Phylicia Barnes, the 16-year-old from North Carolina who vanished while visiting family in Northwest Baltimore in 2010 and was found dead months later in the Susquehanna River. Word broke late Wednesday from Barnes' relatives, and was confirmed by authorities. The attorney for Michael Johnson, the former boyfriend of Phylicia's older sister, confirmed that his client had been taken into custody at about 11:30 p.m. on unknown charges.
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