Bailey jurors see grisly photos, confessed gunman
By Thomas Peele, The Chauncey Bailey Project
OAKLAND — Jurors in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial flinched — and some looked away — Thursday morning when shown an autopsy photo of a face blasted away by shotgun pellets.
Prosecutor Melissa Krum displayed the photo on a large screen as the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy, Dr. Thomas Rogers, described the wound. One juror, a bald man in glasses, grimaced noticeably.
Defendants Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey glanced at the photo and then looked away.
It showed what Rogers described as an eight-inch wound of his “face bones, brain, skull, teeth.”
Krum asked Rogers the condition of Bailey’s left eye.
“It was basically destroyed,” Rogers replied.
The man who has admitted firing a 12-gauge shotgun at Bailey’s face as he lay dying of two other wounds, Devaughndre Broussard, is expected to take the stand later Thursday morning.
He has admitted to killing Bailey, the editor of the Oakland Post, at Bey IV’s alleged order and told the grand jury in 2009 that Mackey helped him carry out the hit.
Lawyers for Bey IV and Mackey asked Rogers no questions.