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Alfonza Phillips

Alfonza Phillips was convicted in the Oct. 25, 2005, shooting death of Antar Bey, the 22-year-old CEO of Your Black Muslim Bakery. Bey was killed at a 76 Union Station on 55th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in North Oakland as he he filled up his BMW 745i and talked on his cell phone. Initially police theorized that Bey had been killed in a power struggle preceded by the killing of bakery CEO Waajid Aljawwaad Bey in 2004 and the slaying attempt on John Muhammad Bey in June 2005.

In July 2007, as Phillips was awaiting trial, his uncle, Odell Roberson Jr., was shot to death in North Oakland. The same AK-47 assault rifle was used to kill a man named Michael J. Wills Jr. four days later near the bakery, and had been used in shooting up the windows of a car owned by the ex-boyfriend of Yusuf Bey IV’s new girlfriend. Police believe the slayings are linked, but have not charged anyone in those cases. Phillips’ family members believe Roberson’s killing was in retaliation for Antar Bey’s death.

Phillips’ attorney suggested that people other than his 20-year-old client were involved in Antar Bey’s slaying, but did not present any evidence. The jury did, however, believe prosecutors’ contention that he had killed for the car and the expensive rims, and found him guilty on three counts of murder, attempted carjacking and possesson of a firearm. His girlfriend, an informant, and a witness at the scene of the shooting, had provided testimony placing him at the shooting.

Phillips was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole in December 2007.

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