The man accused of killing Phylicia Barnes will get a new trial.
Johnson was set to be sentenced on Wednesday, but a judge threw out his conviction instead, saying that prosecutors violated rules requiring them to turn information about a witness over to the defense.
Inmate James McCray had testified that Johnson called him on the day of Barnes’ disappearance and admitted to killing her, adding that he needed help disposing of the body.
Defense attorneys argues that the prosecutor inflated McCray’s credibility.
Johnson’s attorneys said it was “obvious that the jury was misled and improperly influenced to believe his testimony, and this extremely prejudiced the defendant.”
Barnes’ dead body was found in the Susquehanna River in April 2011. Johnson was arrested and charged a year later.
He faces up to 30 years in prison.