Updated 04/26/2012 06:19 PM
Suspect charged with first-degree murder of Phylicia Barnes
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BALTIMORE, Md. -- Baltimore Police announced the suspect arrested in connection with the murder of Phylicia Barnes has been charged with first-degree murder.
Baltimore police arrested Michael Johnson, 28, around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, without incident. At this point, it's not clear what led police to Johnson.
The State's Attorney handling the case, Gregg Bernstein, stated that he believes the crime happened in Baltimore County.
"I think that the fact that the investigation proceeded for a year before we were able to make the determination to bring charges, put them in some state of limbo. So we do hope it provides some measure of closure, but now we have to move forward with the trial," said Bernstein.
Johnson's name has come up before. Detectives questioned him after Barnes disappeared back in December 2010. Johnson is Barnes' sister's ex-boyfriend. At a press conference Thursday, police said Johnson was the last person to see Barnes alive.
The teen disappeared while visiting relatives in Baltimore. At the time she lived in Union County and attended Union Academy. Johnson's arrest came less than a week after the one-year anniversary of when Barnes' body was found in a Baltimore river.