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Chauncey Bailey Murder Trial Jury Asks to Hear Key Testimony Again

May 25, 2011

Oakland, CA — The jury in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial ended the second full day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

Earlier jurors asked to have testimony read back involving one of the defendants.

During the trial, prosecutor Melissa Krum asked former Bakery associate Dawud Bey about an interview he gave to the district attorney’s office on January 13, 2010 in which he reportedly said Bey IV told him that Bailey was going to write “slanderous” stories about the bakery and “he (Bey IV) did what he had to do.”

Yusuf Bey IV, CEO of the former Your Black Muslim Bakery, and Antoine Mackey, both accused in the deaths of Bailey, Odell Roberson and Michael Wills.

On the witness stand Dawud Bey denied that he meant that Bey IV had Bailey killed but he also said that he understood why Bey “did it and it was his opinion that Bey did the right thing.”

The prosecutor that conducted the January interview was called to the stand to impeach Dawud Bey.

Deputy district attorney Chris Lamiero said Dawud Bey, indeed, told him that Yusuf Bey had said he “had to take him (Bailey) out.”

Devaughnndre Broussard, 23, pleaded guilty to killing Roberson on July 8, 2007 and Bailey on August 2, 2007 and testified Mackey, 25, killed Michael Wills on July 12, 2007.
Broussard said Bey, 25, ordered Bailey “taken out” to stop a story he was writing about the bakery’s financial problems. Roberson was killed, according to Broussard, to avenge the death of Bey’s brother who died in 2005 when he was shot in a carjacking carried out by Roberson’s nephew. Broussard said Bey wanted Wills shot because he was a “White devil.”

Bey faces three counts of murder for allegedly ordering the deaths of Bailey, Wills and Roberson. He is also charged for a December 2006 incident in which a man’s car was riddled with bullets after got into a dispute with one of Bey’s brothers.

Mackey is charged for the same murders after allegedly killing Wills, handing Broussard the gun that was used to shoot Roberson and driving the getaway van in the Bailey case. He also faces a charge of a felon in possession of a gun in the Wills shooting.

If convicted, Bey IV and Mackey could be sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Broussard received a 25-year prison sentence in exchange for his testimony.

Jurors ended the second full day of talks without reaching a verdict. They return Thursday morning to resume deliberations.

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