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Chauncey Bailey Murder Trial Jury Asks to Hear More Testimony

May 26, 2011

Oakland — Jurors in the triple murder case against two men accused in the murder of Chauncey Bailey have gone home for the holiday weekend but not before asking to have more testimony read back to them.

Yusuf Bey IV, the CEO of the former Your Black Muslim Bakery, and Antoine Mackey are both charged with the August 2007 murders of Oakland Post editor Bailey, Odell Roberson and Michael Wills.

Witnesses described seeing a masked man walk up to Bailey and shoot him at point-black range with a shotgun. The killer then jumped into the passenger side of a white van, which sped away.

During the trial, the then-owner of the van, Rigoberto Magana, testified that Bey IV asked to borrow the van the morning Bailey was killed. Jurors listened intently as the court reporter read 38 pages of transcripts from Magana’s April 6 testimony in which he describes being asleep early on August 2, 2007 and hearing Bey IV tell someone to “ask Rigo for the keys to his van.”

Devaughndre Broussard has pleaded guilty to killing Bailey and Roberson and testified that Mackey killed Wills, drove the van in the Bailey murder and helped him kill Roberson.

Mackey took the stand in his own defense and denied killing Wills or being involved in the deaths of Bailey and Roberson. He testified that he spent the day of August 2nd at the bakery and did not leave until that afternoon he went to San Francisco to see his probation officer.

Broussard testified that he, Mackey and Bey IV went by the scene after Bailey was shot, then drove to a nearby lake, a restaurant and a local marina in the hours after the shooting. Bey IV made similar claims to police after his arrest and on a secret video recorded by police a few days after Bailey’s death.

Before going home for the weekend jurors told the judge they want to hear testimony from an expert on the GPS tracking device that was placed on Bey IV’s car.
The tracking device supports those claims. The testimony will be read back on Tuesday.

That will be the third time in the jurors’ 3-and-a-half days of deliberations that they’ve asked to have testimony read back. On Wednesday they wanted to hear the testimony of former Bey IV associate Dawud Bey, who testified that shortly after Bailey’s death 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.”

The prosecution contends Dawud Bey meant that Bey IV had Bailey “taken out.”

If convicted, Bey IV and Mackey could be sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. In exchange for his testimony, Broussard pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter and will serve 25 years in prison.

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