Man who says he shot editor recounts two other slayings
Thomas Peele of the Oakland Tribune reports that yesterday in an Oakland courtroom the main witness in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial recounted in chilling detail Monday what he said were murders of two men in July 2007 and how he later hunted Bailey before assassinating the journalist on a street corner, allegedly at the order of Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV.
Devaughndre Broussard's testimony gave the jury its first glimpse into the reasons he said were behind the Aug. 2, 2007, slaying of Bailey: Bey IV ordered the killing to stop the Oakland Post editor from writing a story about financial problems at the bakery.
"He wanted us to kill him," Broussard said of himself and fellow bakery member Antoine Mackey, who is being tried for the murders alongside Bey IV. "He was concerned about what he was writing."
Broussard said he learned who Bailey was just two days before killing the journalist -- to which he has pleaded guilty -- when Bey IV showed bakery members a tape of the 2003 funeral of his father, Yusuf Bey.
Bey IV saw Bailey on the tape, paused it, and said "that's (the expletive) who killed my dad," Broussard testified. Bailey had covered a child rape case that was pending against the elder Bey when the bakery founder died in 2003. Bey IV blamed Bailey's reporting in the Oakland Tribune for causing stress that hastened his father's death.