Your Black Muslim Bakery Leader Guilty Of Journalist Slaying

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — An Alameda County jury on Thursday afternoon found the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery guilty of ordering the murders of an Oakland journalist and two other men.

Jurors found Yusuf Bey IV and his bakery associate Antoine Mackey guilty of first-degree murder in the high-profile shooting death of 57-year-old Oakland Post newspaper editor Chauncey Bailey in the summer of 2007.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Bey and Mackey, both 25, appeared stoic during the reading of the verdicts, which prompted tears from the families of the victims and defendants.

“Justice has finally been done,” Bailey’s cousin, Wendy Ashley-Johnson, said outside court. “Now Chauncey can rest. This chapter is over.”

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley added that the verdicts affirmed “our abiding conviction that violence against the free voice of the press will not be tolerated in our society.”

Assistant D.A. Melissa Krum told jurors in her closing arguments last month that Bey felt so desperate to protect the legacy of the bakery that promoted self-empowerment for decades that he ordered Bailey killed as he worked on a story about the organization’s troubled finances.

Founded some 40 years ago by Bey’s father, the bakery became an institution in Oakland’s black community while running a security service, school and other businesses. In recent years, the organization was tainted by connections to criminal activity.

The bakery was in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings when Bailey was gunned down near the corner of 14th and Alice streets in downtown Oakland on Aug. 2, 2007, and closed its doors later that year.

Authorities said Bailey suffered three shotgun blasts in the attack, including a final shot to the face to ensure that he was dead.

Bey also was convicted Thursday in the July 2007 killings of 31-year-old Odell Roberson Jr. and 36-year-old Michael Wills. Mackey was convicted of killing Wills, but the jury deadlocked on murder charges against him in the death of Roberson.

The prosecution said Bey ordered that Roberson, 31, be killed for retribution — because Roberson was the uncle of the man who was convicted of murdering Bey’s brother, Antar Bey, in 2005.

Krum said Bey also ordered that Wills be killed at random because he was inspired by the “Zebra Killers,” a group of black men who killed white people in San Francisco in the early 1970s. Bey and Mackey are black and Wills was white.

Since both Bey and Mackey were convicted of the special circumstance of committing multiple murders, they face life in prison without the possibility of parole when sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon on July 8.

Bey’s attorney, Gene Peretti, said he had thought the case would end in a mistrial because jury deliberations lasted more than two weeks.

“It’s a surprise and very disappointing frankly,” Peretti said, adding that his client was “a little bit stunned.” He and Mackey’s lawyer, Gary Sirbu, said they planned to appeal.

The prosecution’s key witness in the murder trial of both men was bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard, 23, who admitted that he fatally shot Bailey and Roberson, but said he did so because Bey ordered him to in exchange for a line of credit.

Broussard also implicated Mackey in all three murders, saying Mackey killed Wills at Bey’s direction and participated in the fatal shootings of Bailey and Roberson.

Broussard had been charged with two counts of murder, but prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty to two counts of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in exchange for his testimony against Bey and Mackey.

Broussard could have faced life in prison without the possibility of parole, but his plea agreement calls for him to receive a 25-year state prison term.

Defense lawyers Peretti and Sirbu questioned Broussard’s credibility, saying he was “a cold-blooded killer” who killed for sport and had doctored his testimony in exchange for the plea deal.

But Krum told jurors that although Broussard was an admitted killer and wasn’t a model witness, she thought they should believe him because other evidence in the case — such as guns and bullets that were recovered by police — corroborated his testimony.

Krum admitted in her closing arguments that Broussard was a “sociopath” who got a favorable deal with prosecutors, but she said, “Sometimes you’ve got to make a deal with the demon in order to get the devil.”

The two-and-a-half-month trial, which included more than 60 witnesses, had been delayed several times before finally getting under way in March. Bey’s two original lawyers resigned after prosecutors accused one of smuggling a hit list out of jail to prevent potential witnesses from testifying.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. Wire services may have contributed to thsi report.)

  • alfie oakley

    This is about CULTURE. some Cultures are just rotten. Political correctness tries to hide this truth.

  • Brian Dailey

    Yusef Bey. A Louis Farakhan follower of the great muslim brotherhood of peace. Well rest in peace junior, while rotting in prison for the rest of your life,

  • Malcolm Xavier Jones

    A bunch of murderous thugs under the guise of a religious organization. They all deserve to do life without parole.

    It’s incredible that Old man Bey and his criminal gang actually had a business, the Balck Muslim Bakery, that was very popular when first established and could have been nurtured into an on going successful concern. But these inhabitants of the gutter were compelled to turn it into a criminal enterprise.

    And then there’s the moronic son, who, instead of trying to make a go of the bakery, turned to murderous thuggery and ghetto-minded criminality. I hope they throw the book at him and him. Put this pimp-daddy ghetto gearbage where he belongs. He had the opportunity to make himself a success, but showed he’s a complete loser. I hopoe he spends the rest of his life as a pillow biter.

    What complete trash these people were and are. They bring shame on the Oakland community.

  • G.


    • White guy

      I’ll be your first customer.

  • Wake Up!

    Again this is just a black guy killing a white person, with some racist black power thoughts in his head right? I mean this isnt a hate crime? People of color are expressing frustration when they kill people who arent like them. Only white people commit hate crimes.


      THE GUY HE KILLED WAS ”black”..MR.. wake up!

  • G


  • Wake up!

    G. you are right I am a loser.

  • Ditto

    What a piece of S C H I T

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