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Bail denied for Md. man charged in NC teen's death

Md. judge denies bail for man charged in NC teen's death after prosecutors cite flight risk By The Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) ' A Baltimore judge has denied bail for a man accused of killing a North Carolina teenager who was missing for months before her body was found in a Maryland river.

Prosecutors said Friday that Michael Johnson mentioned in emails and texts that he would flee the country if charged. As a result, Judge John Addison Howard ordered Johnson held without bail.

Johnson has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes. He is the ex-boyfriend of Barnes' half-sister.

He has denied the charges and his attorney calls the case circumstantial.

Prosecutors say Johnson killed Barnes in her half-sister's apartment, then used a 35-gallon tub to move the body. They say he was videotaped buying the tub and a neighbor saw him carrying it.

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