AMERICAN MUSLIM LEADER CONVICTED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER
- From: NUKE MECCA <mormoninfo@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2011 15:32:49 -0700 (PDT)
Your Black Muslim Bakery leader guilty of murder
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, June 10, 2011
San Francisco Choncile
The former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery was convicted Thursday
of three counts of first-degree murder for ordering the 2007 slayings
of Oakland newspaper editor Chauncey Bailey and two other men, capping
a trial that was watched closely by journalists and First Amendment
An Alameda County Superior Court jury convicted Yusuf Bey IV, 25,
after deliberating in Oakland since May 23.
A second defendant, former bakery associate Antoine Mackey, 25, was
convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for the killings of
Bailey and Michael Wills, 36. The jury split on a third count
involving the slaying of Odell Roberson Jr., 31, and Judge Thomas
Reardon declared a mistrial on that charge.
Both Bey and Mackey face life terms in prison without the possibility
of parole when they are sentenced July 8 because they were convicted
of the special circumstance of multiple murder. Neither showed any
reaction when the verdicts were read.
Relatives of Bailey, however, bowed their heads and hugged each other
when they learned that Bey had been convicted of murdering the
journalist by ordering bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard to pull
Broussard reached a plea bargain with prosecutors and testified
against Bey, saying the leader of the black empowerment group wanted
Bailey dead because the Oakland Post editor was working on
unflattering stories about the bakery.
'A long journey'
Wendy Ashley-Johnson, a cousin of Bailey's, said, "It's been a long
journey, but justice has finally been done, and it's over. The
family's just so thankful - thankful to God, thankful to the jury,
thankful to the D.A."
She added, "Journalists have a job to do, and they should not be
squashed in what they do."
District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said the verdicts "have brought to an
end the unbelievable violence, the aggressive behavior and the terror
that Yusuf Bey, Antoine Mackey and Devaughndre Broussard have
inflicted on the community of Oakland. What may have been once a
productive organization in Oakland became nothing more than a criminal
street gang engaging in senseless violence and unyielding terror."
Trial prosecutor Melissa Krum agreed, saying, "They're nothing but a
group of thugs."
She said the verdicts send the message that "the First Amendment is
not going to be murdered by murdering journalists. You cannot kill the
man and expect the message to be killed."
Bey's mother weeps
Bey's mother, Daulet Bey, wept in court before hearing the jury's
decision and expressed frustration when she ended up missing the
verdicts. "I believe in my son's innocence, I do," she said.
Bey's attorney, Gene Peretti, said, "Devastating verdict, and we're
very disappointed." He said his client is "a little bit stunned."
Peretti and Mackey's attorney, Gary Sirbu, both said they would
"He's taking it well," Sirbu said of Mackey. "I think he's a
courageous young guy. Personally, he's extremely likable. It's been my
pleasure to work with him. He's been respectful of the criminal
justice system at all times, and now his attention goes to the appeal
Jurors declined to comment as they left the courthouse.
Prosecutors said they would decide whether to retry Mackey for the
killing of Roberson.
Picture of vengeance
Krum had portrayed Bey as a charismatic but unhinged leader of a
financially ailing organization. She told jurors he would stop at
nothing to terrorize those he believed had wronged him or the bakery
founded in the late 1960s by his father, Yusuf Bey Sr., to give
African Americans who worked there responsibility and authority and to
provide healthful food to the community.
Prosecutors said Bey IV had targeted Bailey because the editor was
working on stories about the now-defunct bakery's financial problems
and internal turmoil. Bailey was shot dead as he walked to work in
downtown Oakland on Aug. 2, 2007.
In a statement, Reporters Without Borders, a media organization, said
it hopes that "lessons will be drawn from this case and that
journalists will be able to perform their job as they have a right
The other killings were less political in nature. Roberson was the
uncle of a man who had killed Bey's brother in a botched 2005
carjacking in North Oakland, and Wills was slain simply because he was
white, the prosecution said.
Spent shotgun shells found at the scene of Bailey's slaying matched
one found in Bey's bedroom and seven located on the roof of the
Oakland bakery when it was raided a day after the journalist was
killed, according to testimony at the trial.
Defense attorneys had focused their efforts on discrediting Broussard,
a former bakery handyman who pleaded guilty in 2009 to two counts of
voluntary manslaughter for killing Roberson near the San Pablo Avenue
bakery in July 2007 and Bailey the following month near 14th and Alice
streets in downtown Oakland.
Defense attorneys sought to portray Broussard to jurors as a lying,
"stone-cold murderer" whose testimony could not be trusted.
Broussard, 23, was the prosecution's star witness. In exchange for
testifying, he will be sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Broussard testified that he had killed Bailey with three shotgun
blasts after he and Mackey staked out the journalist's home. He
eventually told investigators that Bey had ordered the murder and had
demanded that Broussard be a "good soldier" and take sole
Prosecutors say Broussard used the SKS assault rifle to kill Roberson
on July 7, 2007, and that Mackey used it five days later to kill
Jurors heard testimony about a litany of crimes involving bakery
members, They included shootings, the kidnapping of two women and the
torture of one of them, the vandalism of two liquor stores to curb
alcohol sales, and a sexual-assault case against Bey Sr., the bakery's
late founder, that Bailey had covered.
Broussard said Bey was angry at Bailey for having somehow contributed
to his father's 2003 death from cancer. But foremost on Bey's mind,
Broussard testified, was the research that Bailey was doing on the
financial collapse of the bakery, which had been racked by turmoil
since the elder Bey's death.
Bey IV did not testify. Mackey took the stand near the end of the
trial and denied any involvement in the killings.
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