Chauncey Bailey Trial: Jury Deliberations Day 8
Oakland, CA — The jury in the trial of two men accused of three murders, including that of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey, has been deliberating 8 days and has now asked for more testimony to be read back.
Specifically jurors want to hear what Devaughndre Broussard, Bailey’s confessed killer, said about the murder of Michael Wills. They also requested the testimony from defendant Antoine Mackey, who Broussard said killed Wills.
Broussard admitted killing Bailey on August 2, 2007 and Odell Roberson on July 8, 2007. He testified he was following the orders of Yusuf Bey IV, the CEO of the former Your Black Muslim Bakery.
Broussard says Bey IV wanted Bailey killed to stop a story he was writing about the bakery’s financial trouble.
Your Black Muslim Bakery was in chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2007 when the court expressed the intention of converting the chapter 11 reorganization to a chapter 7 liquidation. Witnesses say Bey IV was worried the story would hurt his chances of staving off chapter 7.
Roberson was killed, according to Broussard, to avenge the 2005 shooting death of Bey IV’s older brother, Antar Bey. Roberson’s nephew was convicted of killing Antar Bey in a failed carkjacking.
Wills was shot numerous times with an AK-47-style assault rifle on July 12, 2007. Broussard says Mackey killed Wills because he was a “White devil.”
Since the jury began deliberating on May 23, it has asked to hear testimony from Broussard regarding where he, Bey IV and Mackey went after the Bailey shooting. It also asked for testimony from an expert on a GPS tracking device placed on Bey IV’s car that showed where the car was driven after the Bailey shooting.
Last Thursday the jury asked to see AK-47 shell casings found on the roof of the bakery and in Bey IV’s bedroom. A ballistics expert testified they were fired from the same gun used to kill Wills and Roberson. The gun has never been found.
Bey IV and Mackey are charged with all three murders. They could each be sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole, if convicted. Broussard will receive a 25-year sentence in exchange for his testimony.