The trial of a man who is accused of killing a Monroe teen will get underway in Baltimore on Tuesday.
Prosecutors believe Michael Johnson killed Phylicia Barnes, 18, while she was spending Christmas with relatives.
Channel 9 has been following the high-profile case since she was first reported missing in December 2010. Barnes' body was later found in a river.
The trial will start with jury selection Tuesday, though attorneys point out that could take some time while both sides try to find 12 people who have not heard of a case that garnered national attention.
Johnson, 28, had been dating Barnes’ half-sister, who she was visiting.
He says he is innocent.
While prosecutors and defense attorneys have said little since a gag order was issued on the case.
One of the more controversial topics that could come up in proceedings is a sex tape that allegedly shows Johnson, Barnes and others.
Earlier this month, a judge said the tape could be shown, but it must be played in open court.
Barnes’ mother, Janice Sallis, has moved from Union County since her daughter’s death.
Family members are expected to be in the Baltimore courtroom Tuesday.
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