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Prosecutor lays out arguments against Yusuf Bey IV

Prosecutor lays out arguments against Yusuf Bey IV

“Kill no one that Allah has not ordered be killed.” Those words were among written rules of conduct for members of Your Black Muslim Bakery and the orders of Allah “came through the mouth of (bakery leader) Yusuf Bey IV,” the prosecutor in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial told jurors Wednesday in delivering her closing argument.

Yusuf Bey IV ‘not a normal person,’ prosecutor says

Yusuf Bey IV ‘not a normal person,’ prosecutor says

OAKLAND — Former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV “is not a normal person,” prosecutor Melissa Krum said Wednesday, portraying the 25-year-old as “a child king” who silenced journalist Chauncey Bailey in a blatant attempt to stop negative publicity. Krum’s closing arguments are expected to take most of the morning.

Mackey takes stand to deny killings

Mackey takes stand to deny killings

OAKLAND — Accused triple killer Antoine Mackey testified Tuesday that he didn’t kill or help kill anyone, including journalist Chauncey Bailey, while working at Your Black Muslim Bakery in summer 2007. Mackey’s testimony was an unexpected turn in the trial and came on the day jurors had been told to instead expect closing arguments in the trial that has lasted about two months.

Man accused in journalist’s slaying says he never killed anyone

Man accused in journalist’s slaying says he never killed anyone

OAKLAND — Accused triple killer Antoine Mackey testified Tuesday that he didn’t kill or help kill anyone, including journalist Chauncey Bailey, while working at Your Black Muslim Bakery in summer 2007.

Accused killer Mackey takes the stand

Accused killer Mackey takes the stand

OAKLAND — Accused killer Antoine Mackey took the witness stand in his own defense Tuesday in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial and spent most of morning describing how he joined Your Black Muslim Bakery in 2007. Mackey’s testimony is expected to take several more hours.

Witness says real killer never charged in homeless man’s death

Witness says real killer never charged in homeless man’s death

OAKLAND — Yusuf Bey IV ordered the retaliatory killing of a homeless man in 2007, but it was carried out by his girlfriend and a member of Your Black Muslim Bakery who were never charged in a crime, a witness testified Wednesday, the last day of testimony in the case until May 17.

Former Your Black Muslim Bakery member refuses to testify

Former Your Black Muslim Bakery member refuses to testify

OAKLAND — Richard Lewis, a former member of Your Black Muslim Bakery (photo, lower left), asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination Wednesday morning and refused to testify in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial.

Prosecution rests case in Chauncey Bailey murder trial

Prosecution rests case in Chauncey Bailey murder trial

OAKLAND — Tuesday afternoon prosecutor Melissa Krum rested her triple murder case against Yusuf Bey IV and co-defendant Antoine Mackey in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial after nearly six weeks of testimony and more than 60 witnesses.

Your Black Muslim Bakery leader said slain journalist ‘slandered’ his father

Your Black Muslim Bakery leader said slain journalist ‘slandered’ his father

OAKLAND — Jurors in the Chauncey Bailey murder trail heard police recordings Tuesday morning in which former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV said several times that Bailey, a newspaper reporter, had “slandered” the business and his late father. Those recordings were played as prosecutor Melissa Krum prepared to rest her triple murder case against Bey IV and co-defendant Antoine Mackey sometime this afternoon after five weeks of testimony.

Another Bailey slaying trial witness has memory problems

Another Bailey slaying trial witness has memory problems

OAKLAND — A man who worked in a liquor store that Yusuf Bey IV and members of Your Black Muslim Bakery vandalized in November 2005 answered “I don’t remember” more than 50 times Monday when a prosecutor asked him about the attack.”Didn’t you tell me, ‘I’m not going to risk my life for this?’ ” prosecutor Melissa Krum asked him.”I don’t remember,” the 26-year-old replied.

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