Trial for Phylicia Barnes' accused killer starts in August

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BALTIMORE - The trial for a man charged with murdering a Monroe teen is set for August.

On Wednesday, Michael Johnson pleaded not guilty to killing 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes while she visited family in Baltimore nearly two years ago.

Prosecutors said Johnson killed her in her sister’s apartment and then used a 35-fallon tub to move her body to a nearby river.

Johnson’s attorney said there is no evidence linking him to Barnes’ murder.