Chauncey Bailey Project

Archive for April, 2009

Path to indictment

A chronology of events leading up to the indictment of Yusuf Bey IV for the murder of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey.

Bey IV’s attorney argues unsuccessfully to ban public, media from preliminary

A judge ruled against an attorney representing Yusuf Bey IV, leader of the now-defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery, who attempted Tuesday to ban the public from Bey IV’s preliminary hearing on charges of kidnapping and torture.

Bakery members give up right to second preliminary hearings

Three members of the defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery waived their right Tuesday to have a second preliminary hearing on charges that they kidnapped two women and tortured one of them in East Oakland two years ago. Instead, they will proceed directly to a jury trial next month. Former leader Yusuf Bey IV declined to waive his right and is scheduled to be in court next week to begin the second preliminary hearing.

Broussard tells grand jury about the slaying of Chauncey Bailey

Broussard tells grand jury about the slaying of Chauncey Bailey

As Devaughndre Broussard spent hours on Tuesday telling a grand jury details about the killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men, his mother waited outside a closed door and said she still doubts her son pulled the trigger. Broussard’s attorney LeRue Grim told reporters Tuesday he believes his client is telling the truth. Broussard’s secret testimony in a sealed courtroom in the basement of the Wiley Manual Courthouse is expected to continue Wednesday morning.

Broussard’s statement may help police clear two more killings

Broussard’s statement may help police clear two more killings

On the order of Yusuf Bey IV, Devaughndre Broussard and Antoine Mackey in July 2007 lured a homeless man to a dark corner where he was shot dead after raising his hands over his head, according to a statement Broussard gave prosecutors last month. Broussard also said Mackey admitted to killing another man with an assault rifle and joking about it, describing himself as “Elmer Fudd” on a hunting trip.

Suspect says Chauncey Bailey marked for death

Suspect says Chauncey Bailey marked for death

Yusuf Bey IV kept a hit list of people “he wanted to get rid of” who had “done stuff to” Your Black Muslim Bakery, according to a statement Devaughndre Broussard gave authorities in preparation for grand jury testimony next week. Prominent among the targets was Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey, Broussard said in a recorded interview. Bey IV, Broussard said, ordered him and Antoine Mackey to kill Bailey and gave them the sawed-off shotgun that Broussard used to carry out the killing.

Additional murder charges imminent in journalist Chauncey Bailey’s killing

Additional murder charges imminent in journalist Chauncey Bailey’s killing

Murder charges are imminent against former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and another man in the August 2007 killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey under a plea deal reached with the only person arrested in the case, law enforcement and other sources said Wednesday night. Devaughndre Broussard, who confessed to killing Bailey and later recanted, has signed an agreement to testify that Bey IV ordered the hit to silence the journalist and that Antoine Mackey, another of Bey IV followers, helped carry it out.

Bakery leader, other defendants enter pleas again in kidnap-torture case

A second preliminary hearing on kidnapping and torture charges against former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and three co-defendants could begin next week under a schedule set by a Superior Court judge on Wednesday.

Lead detective on Chauncey Bailey killing may be fired

Lead detective on Chauncey Bailey killing may be fired

Police are moving to fire Sgt. Derwin Longmire in the wake of administrative findings that he compromised the investigation of journalist Chauncey Bailey’s August 2007 killing, according to a senior officer with knowledge of the situation. Longmire was put on paid administrative leave late Monday. The decision to fire him will be the subject of a mandatory hearing before final action. Police spokesman Officer Jeffrey Thomason said he could only confirm that Longmire is on “paid administrative leave” pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings.

Bakery leaders and followers in court

Former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and three of his followers appeared briefly in Superior Court on Monday afternoon as the kidnapping and torture charges against them — dismissed last week by a judge — began anew.

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