OAKLAND (CBS / AP) ― The trial of the former head of Your Black Muslim Bakery, who is accused of ordering the murders of three men, including Oakland Post newspaper editor Chauncey Bailey, has been suspended again.
The judge canceled proceedings Thursday because the prosecutor was out sick. The trial of Yusuf Bey IV will resume Monday.
It’s the second time the testimony of the prosecution’s key witness, Devaughndre Broussard, has been interrupted by illness.
Broussard said he fatally shot two men in 2007 on Bey’s orders. He also alleged that Antoine Mackey, a bakery associate, helped him in the killings and committed a third murder himself.
Broussard testified that Mackey was his getaway driver in the killing of Bailey and that Mackey gave him the weapon to kill a homeless man.
Defense attorneys have called Broussard a liar, but Broussard has denied suggestions by the defense that he was covering up for another man who actually helped him with his killings instead of Mackey.
When the trial resumes Monday, the defense is expected to wrap up its cross-examination of Broussard, who already has been on the witness stand for five days so far.
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