OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Testimony in the trial of former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and associate Antoine Mackey on three counts of murder was postponed Tuesday because an alternate juror is ill.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon said the trial will be on hold until next Monday to give the juror time to recover.
Reardon noted that court wasn’t scheduled to be in session on Thursday anyway because of the Cesar Chavez holiday, so only two court sessions will be missed because of the illness.
Bey and Mackey, both 25, are charged with three counts of murder for the deaths of journalist Chauncey Bailey, 57, and two other men in Oakland in the summer of 2007.
Former bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard, who has pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter for killing Bailey and one of the other victims in the case, will continue his testimony when the trial resumes.
Broussard testified Monday that Bey asked him to kill Bailey because Bey wanted to prevent Bailey from writing an article about the bakery’s financial problems.
The bakery was in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings when Bailey was killed, and closed its doors later in 2007.
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