Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The last known person to see high school honor student Phylicia Barnes alive, claims he is no killer. Michael Johnson, 27, speaking through his attorney Russell A. Neverdon, Sr., said when he last saw Barnes, she was alive -- on the phone talking about possibly getting something to eat, the lawyer told WBTV.com Wednesday.
"They thought she met up with a friend and was probably hanging out for a day or two and just would show up, that's what he had believed," Neverdon said by phone from Baltimore.
He said his client feels like a victim because of pressure from police. Baltimore Police detectives, who initially led the search for Barnes, met with Johnson on at least 8 different occasions. Sometimes the detectives would pull him out of work, Neverdon said.
From the day Barnes, 16, disappeared, Neverdon claims, police have been focused solely on his client. "This is a situation where they believe this was an open and shut, slam dunk case; it had to be the obvious and that's where they based and bent all of their efforts and energy."
Baltimore Police Spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi has previously said anyone with access to the apartment where the teen was last seen was considered a person of interest in the case, but no one has ever been officially named a suspect.
While police were searching for Barnes, Johnson was in court at one point to answer for a restraining order filed by Barnes' older half-sister Deena, who is also Johnson's ex-girlfriend.
Deena Barnes told the court Johnson had been reaching out to her through e-mail and Facebook, even after police told him not to, court records obtained by WBTV.com show. "I am fearful and unsure of what may happen because I am ignoring his unwanted contact," she wrote, "I am afraid that he or someone he knows may look for me."
Maryland District Court Judge Shannon Avery ultimately denied the request to extend the order.
"Michael has moved on, Michael has a girlfriend; that was part of their break-up," the attorney said, "so I'm not sure what the basis was," he added.
Six weeks after the hearing, crews working on the Conowingo Dam in Harford County, Maryland, found the teen's body floating in the Susquehanna River 50 miles from her sister's apartment.
Police, Neverdon said, were still focused on his client. The last conversation Johnson had with detectives left him feeling like he was and still is their only focus.
When asked if Michael Johnson had anything to do with the teen's disappearance or death, Neverdon replied, "Nope. Unequivocally and categorically no."
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>