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CBTrial: “He wasn’t supposed to live.”

April 4, 2011

The man who shot and killed Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey on August 2, 2007 says he fired at Bailey three times with a shotgun. “to make sure he was dead.”

Devaughndre Broussard has pleased guilty to killing Bailey and Odell Roberson. He is testifying for the prosecution in the triple murder trial against Yusuf Bey IV, the CEO of the now-defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery and Antoine Mackey, charged with helping Broussard kill Bailey and Roberson and himself killing Michael Wills.

Broussard says Bey IV ordered all three deaths.

On the witness stand, Broussard described running to within an arms length of Bailey and firing directly into his chest. He then fired a second blast into Bailey’s torso.

After firing the second time, “I ran a couple of feet into the street.”

Deputy district attorney Melissa Krum: “Did you go back?”

Broussard: “Yes.”

Krum: “Didn’t you think shooting twice was enough?”

Broussard: “He wasn’t supposed to live, according to Yusuf Bey IV.”

Witnesses have told police that Bey IV was worried about a story Bailey was writing about the financial strife at the bakery and ordered the journalist killed.

Bailey’s brother Errol Cooley said the testimony was difficult to hear.

“I just can’t believe what he was actually saying describing how he killed him like it was no big deal, like he was shooting at a dog or an animal or something, more so than a human being,” said Cooley. “Just to watch him up there was just kind of hard and devastating.”

Broussard will serve 25 years for two counts of voluntary manslaughter for killing Bailey and Roberson.

Bey IV and Mackey could be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole if convicted. Both men’s attorneys contend Broussard is lying and they promise a withering cross examination.


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