Judge Dismisses Charges Against Michael Johnson for Phylicia Barnes’ Murder

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Michael Johnson for Phylicia Barnes' Murder

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Michael Johnson for Phylicia Barnes’ Murder (Photo Credit: Baltimore Police Dept.)

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge dismissed second-degree murder and other charges against Michael Johnson, 30, for the death of North Carolina teenager Phylicia Barnes, whose body was found in the Susquehanna River in 2010.

Judge John Addison Howard dismissed all the charges saying the prosecution’s “arguably circumstantial” case against Michael Johnson was insufficient evidence. He ordered Johnson be freed on Tuesday.

The State’s Attorney vows to appeal the ruling.

Johnson was arrested and charged with Phylicia Barnes’ murder in 2012, after she disappeared while visiting relatives in Baltimore. Her body was found several months later in the Susquehanna River.

Michael Johnson was convicted of second-degree murder in 2013. A new trial was ordered after a judge ruled that prosecutors had withheld evidence about a key witness.

Child Advocate Kim Jones Shot Execution-Style At Philadelphia Bus Stop

Child Advocate Kim Jones Shot Execution-Style At Philadelphia Bus Stop

Child Advocate Kim Jones Shot Execution-Style At Philadelphia Bus Stop (Photo Credit: MyFoxPhilly Video Screengrab)

Child advocate Kim Jones was shot execution-style while she waited for a bus near Temple University on Tuesday morning.

MyFoxPhilly reports Jones “was shot in the back of the head while waiting for a bus in the 1200 block of Jefferson Street around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Police believe Kim Jones was targeted. Her purse found at the scene.

“The suspect is described as a black male, standing six feet tall, and weighing 220 pounds,” MyFoxPhilly reports. If you have any information call the police at 215-686-3334.

Here’s more on Kim Jones’ murder:

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Jake Jackson Wanted by DeKalb Police for Killing Ex-Wife Tiffanie Phillips

Jake Jackson Wanted by DeKalb Police for Killing Ex-Wife Tiffanie Phillips

Jake Jackson Wanted by DeKalb Police for Killing Ex-Wife Tiffanie Phillips (Photo Credit: DeKalb County Police)

Jake Jackson is wanted by DeKalb county, Ga., police for the shooting death of his ex-wife, Tiffanie Phillips, on Christmas Eve.

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Jackson, charging him with murder, after his ex-wife was found dead at her home on Terrace Trail near Decatur.

Police say Jake Jackson should be considered armed and dangerous. He is described as 6-foot-4 and between 165 to 175 pounds.

Prosecutor Opens Trayvon Martin Murder Trial with George Zimmerman’s Profanity Laced Words

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Prosecutor Opens Trayvon Martin Murder Case with George Zimmerman’s Profanity Laced Words (Photo credit: werthmedia)

The George Zimmerman murder trial started Monday with fireworks coming from the prosecution. The jury heard prosecutor John Guy repeat the words and thoughts of George Zimmerman before he shot Trayvon Martin, who said, f*cking punks, these a**holes always get away.” He said “the truth of what happened to Trayvon Martin will come from Zimmerman’s own mouth.” He also said Martin had no blood on his hands or under his fingernails, which clearly contradicts George Zimmerman’s claims that the teen put his hand over his mouth and nose.

There’s more from John Guy’s opening statements. He told jurors George Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin “as someone about to commit a crime in his neighborhood.” “And he acted on it. That’s why we’re here.” Guy said Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin through his neighborhood, confronted him and then fatally shot him during a fight. “George Zimmerman didn’t shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to. He shot him for the worst of all reasons — because he wanted to,” Guy said. He added that “Trayvon’s screaming stops as soon as the gunshot rings out.” Guy said George Zimmerman’s own “hate-filled words” proved that he had “profiled, followed and murdered” the teenager. He also described George Zimmerman as someone who wanted to be a police officer. He essentially dismantled Zimmerman’s story about his version of events on what happened that night between he and Trayvon Martin.

The defense, on the other hand, started with a knock-knock joke. Um, in all my years of watching trials, I have never seen such theatrics. It’s bound to back fire if this is the best they can do. At first I thought the fact that it was an all-women jury would not bode well for the prosecution, but most of those jurors are mothers. Trayvon Martin was racially profiled by an over-zealous neighborhood watch captain.

On a personal note, my son and two of his friends were harassed by an overzealous HOA board member in my subdivision. He saw them sitting at the playground and talking. He accosted them and threatened to call the police. Naturally, my son and his friends asked him what did they do? He couldn’t answer but continued to threaten to call the police. Well, he never did and I confronted him about the situation. He told me that kids were doing drugs at the playground. I asked him if he ever saw my son and his friends engaging in such a behavior? He couldn’t answer. He then said kids were scaling the fence to use the swimming pool. Again, I asked him if he had ever seen my son and his friends engaging in such behavior? He couldn’t respond. I filed a complaint with the police department and I also made them aware that this was the same kind of mentality that led to Trayvon Martin’s death — an overzealous, wannabe cop, taking matters into his own hands and racially profiling black kids. My son is a star athlete and a good student, but the assumption that was made by board member H. J. Ewing was that he and his friends were up to no good because they are black. I should also add, this isn’t the first run-in this man has had with people living in my subdivision.  The community outreach police officer has taken this matter seriously. I will update you on how this turns out.

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Matthew Brown-Turner Charged in Murder of Cicero Pizzeria Owner Giovanni Donancricchia

Matthew A. Brown-Turner was arrested in connection with the murder of Cicero pizzeria owner Giovanni Donancricchia Thursday morning. Brown-Turner is expected to make his first court appearance Saturday morning.

The Chicago Sun Times reports Giovanni Donancricchia physically confronted Matthew Brown-Turner after he entered the establishment through the open back door and accosted his wife, who was working at the cash register of Albano’s Pizza, located at 5913 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Cicero, after closing time, a release from the town of Cicero said. Donancricchia was shot once in the chest after he was able to distract the gunman so his wife could get away.

On Thursday night a witness who knows the offender came forward and told police that the man was watching the TV News and had said that he was involved the shooting death at the pizza place. The witness called Cicero police and gave detectives Brown-Turner’s name and address. Detectives, tactical officers and patrol officers went to that address where a surveillance was set up.

At approximately 2 a.m. Friday Brown-Turner showed up and was taken into custody. During subsequent interviews he made statements implicating himself in the attempted robbery and the murder of Mr. Donancricchia, police said.

Matthew Brown-Turner  was charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted armed robbery on Friday evening.

BREAKING: All-Women Jury Chosen for George Zimmerman Trial in Murder of Trayvon Martin

BREAKING NEWS:  An all-women jury has been chosen for George Zimmerman’s trial in fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Opening statements will begin on Monday. So, is an all-women jury truly a jury of George Zimmerman’s peers?’

I wondered why George Zimmerman was smiling in court today. Um, could it be because five of the six jurors are white? The alternates consist of two women and two men.

Here are some details about the jurors selected today, which were revealed during the jury selection process:

B-29: A Hispanic nurse on an Alzheimer’s ward who has several children and lived in Chicago at the time of shooting. She’s married. She said she doesn’t watch the news, preferring reality television: “Right when we got here, I got cable… I love my reality shows.” During jury selection, she said she was arrested once in Chicago.

B-76: A white, middle-aged woman who said Zimmerman had an “altercation with the young man. There was a struggle and the gun went off.” Has been married 30 years, and is unemployed. She formerly worked with her husband in his construction company. Her 28-year-old son is an attorney in Seminole County. She also has a daughter, 26, has been a victim of non-violent crime and rescues “a lot of pets.” The state tried to strike her, but was denied.

B-37: A middle-aged white woman who has worked for a chiropractor for 16 years and has many pets. She described protests in Sanford as “rioting.” Her husband is an attorney. She has two daughters: A 24-year-old dog groomer and a 27-year-old who attends the University of Central Florida. B-37 used to have concealed weapons permit, but let it lapse. Her husband also has one.

B-51: A retired white woman from Oviedo who has a dog and 20-year-old cat. She knew a good deal about the case, but said “I’m not rigid in my thinking.” She has been in Seminole County for nine years, is unmarried and has no kids. B-51 previously lived in Atlanta, and used to work in real estate. She also ran a call center in Brevard County which she said had 1,200 employees.

E-6: A young white woman and mother who used to work in financial services. She used this case as an example to her two adolescent children, warning them to not go out at night. She has lived in Seminole County for eight years, and is married to an engineer. E-6 was arrested in Brevard County, but said she “was treated completely fairly.” Her husband has guns. The state tried to strike her from the jury, but was denied.

E-40: A white woman in her 60s who lived in Iowa at the time of the shooting. She heard national news reports and recalls the shooting was in a gated community and a teenager was killed. She described herself as a safety officer, is married to a chemical engineer and loves football. She has a 28-year-old son who’s out of work. She said she’s very well versed in cell phone technology, and has been a victim of crime.

These are the alternates:

E-54: A middle-aged white man with a teenage stepson who wears hoodies. He recalled seeing photos of Zimmerman’s head and face that show injuries. E-54 loves golf and genealogy, and said he’s been married for five years to a technical engineer. He grew up in Seminole County and has a teenage stepson.

B-72: A young, possibly Hispanic man who does maintenance at a school and competes in arm wrestling tournaments. He said he avoids the news because he does not want to be “brainwashed.” B-72 grew up in Chicago, is single and an alumni of Phi Beta Kappa. He is very physically active, having participated in high school football, track and weightlifting. Of arm-wrestling he said, “I could talk about it all day.”

E-13: A young white woman who goes to college and works two jobs, one of them as a surgical assistant. She heard the shooting was a “racial thing.” She said she could be a fair juror “just because I don’t really know that much.” She is single, has lived in Seminole County for 17 years and attends church. She also owns and rides horses.

E-28: A middle-aged white woman who has worked as a nurse for 26 years. She knew little about the case and has no opinion about Zimmerman’s guilt. She has lived in Seminole County since 1985, and has been married for 28 years; her husband is a teacher. Has two adult children: 27 and 23.



Ana Lilia Trujillo Arrested After Man Fatally Stabbed with Stiletto Heel at Houston Condo

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Ana Lilia Trujillo Arrested After Man Fatally Stabbed with Stiletto Heel at Houston Condo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ana Lilia Trujillo, of Houston, TX, is facing a murder charge for allegedly stabbing a 59-year-old man with a stiletto heel in a high-rise condominium.

Police responded to the apartment on an assault in progress call. When they arrived, Ana Lilia Trujillo showed them the body of the deceased male.

The name of the victim hasn’t been released, pending notification to the next of kin.


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Campus High School Senior Almuqqadin Means Charged in Murder of Aquilla Flood

Campus High School Senior Almuqqadin Means Charged in Murder of Aquilla Flood

Campus High School Senior Almuqqadin Means Charged in Murder of Aquilla Flood (Courtesy Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)

Almuqqadin Means has been charged with the murder of East Orange prom queen Aquilla Flood, who was found shot to death in her Berkley Courts apartment. Means, 18, has also been charged with weapons offenses in her death, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Almuqqadin Means and Aquilla Flood were both set to graduate from Campus High School in East Orange next week.

Aquilla Flood was found unconscious in her bedroom around 7:25 a.m. Tuesday, prompting a relative to call 911. Means has been described as her boyfriend. A revolver was found across the street from the North Grove Street apartments where the Flood family lives, three law enforcement sources said, the Star-Ledger reports.

Almuqqadin Means has a criminal history that includes two arrests earlier this year. He was charged with conspiracy and robbery in late March and theft by unlawful taking  in April.

Retired Army Lt. Ralph Wald Acquitted in Murder of Wife’s Lover Walter Conley

Ralph Wald was acquitted of murdering after he invoked the “Stand Your Ground” law as a defense in the murder of Walter Conley. Wald, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, shot and killed Conley after he caught him having sex with his wife, Johnna Lynn Flores, on the living room floor of their Riverview home.

It took jurors only two hours to return a not guilty verdict in the two-day murder trial. Tampa Bay Times described the incident that led up to the March 10th shooting as “a tragic and inimitably Floridian morality tale involving sex, liquor, self-defense law, erectile dysfunction and a man shot to death with his pants around his knees.”

After Wald discovered Conley having sex with his wife after midnight on March 10, he went back to his room and retrieved a .38 revolver, returned to the living room, shooting Conley in the stomach and head, killing him instantly. Not to be outdone by the Jodi Arias case, the prosecutor attempted to describe Ralph Wald as a Vietnam vet with erectile dysfunction and as a man overcome with jealous rage after finding another man in his house engaging in something with his wife that he couldn’t do. The defense was successful at arguing that Ralph Wald was standing his ground against an intruder he believed was raping his wife

Johnna Lynn Flores claimed she was “black-out drunk” and didn’t remember getting together with Walter Conley, who happened to be her ex-boyfriend. Well, this has an interesting end — Ralph Wald and his wife reunited after he was released from jail. Flores told reporters, “My husband has forgiven me 100% but there are of course some trust issues and that’s something we’re going to go to counseling about.”  There’s more. Johnna Lynn Flores also said, “Because my husband puts me first, he’s taking me to the Waffle House.”

Koman Willis Charged with First-Degree Murder in Death of Six-Month-Old Jonylah Watkins

Koman Willis Charged with First-Degree Murder in Death of Six-Month-Old Jonylah Watkins

Koman Willis Charged with First-Degree Murder in Death of Six-Month-Old Jonylah Watkins

Koman Willis, 33, was charged with first degree murder in the death on Jonylah Watkins. Chicago police believe Koman Willis targeted Jonylah’s father, Jonathan Watkins, on March 11, when she was struck by a bullet.

Koman Willis, from the 7800 block of South St. Lawrence, was also charged with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm. Police believe the shooting was in retaliation for a burglary at Willis’ mother’s home, where a PlayStation device was among the items stolen, the Sun Times reports.

Willis is a career criminal, who has been arrested 46 times since 1996. His arrest record includes aggravated assault against an officer, drug convictions and a weapons charge.