Attorney in Barnes case says police at 'dead end'

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BALTIMORE —

An attorney involved in Phylicia Barnes’ case is providing new information about what happened right after she disappeared.

The attorney suggests police in Baltimore are botching the investigation and says, at this point, police are at a dead end.

That attorney represents Michael Johnson, the man police have questioned in connection with Barnes’ disappearance.

The Baltimore Sun reported Friday Johnson told police he saw Barnes asleep on the couch in her sister’s apartment.

The night she disappeared, Johnson said he was questioned by police, including Barnes’ uncle, who is a sergeant in the department.

Johnson’s attorney maintained his client’s innocence.

He also gave the first idea as to why the FBI requested access to Barnes’ Facebook account.

Investigators said it was in relation to a child pornography investigation, but Johnson said he was questioned by police about photos of Barnes and other streaking at a party.

He told police they were taken inside the sister’s apartment, but said they were not taken the night she disappeared.

Johnson’s attorney and Barnes’ parents have not returned calls for comment.