OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Former Your Black Muslim Bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard admitted Monday that he was getting back at bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV by testifying against Bey in his triple-murder case but he insisted that he was telling the truth.
In his sixth and final day on the witness stand in the trial of Bey and bakery associate Antoine Mackey, both 25, Broussard laughed and said, “I’m telling on him,” referring to Bey.
Broussard said he was getting back at Bey “for telling on me” in connection with the fatal shooting of former Oakland Post newspaper editor Chauncey Bailey, 57, in broad daylight in downtown Oakland on Aug. 2, 2007.
Referring to Bey, prosecutor Melissa Krum asked Broussard, “Does that mean you’re lying on him?” Broussard said that wasn’t the case and said he has been telling the truth in his lengthy testimony.
Broussard, 23, has admitted that he lied to authorities several times about his involvement in the killing of Bailey, first saying that he didn’t have anything to do with it and then saying that he acted alone.
Broussard has testified that after Oakland police confronted him with evidence that he killed Bailey, he initially said he acted alone because Bey told him in a private conversation in jail that he should “be a good soldier” and take the fall on his own so other bakery members could go free and the bakery could be saved.
He said he eventually agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and implicate Bey and Mackey in the deaths of Bailey and two other men in Oakland in the summer of 2007 because Bey had reneged on his promise to give him financial help and provide him find a lawyer.
Broussard said he killed Bailey only because Bey ordered him to do so to prevent Bailey from writing an article about the bakery’s financial problems. The bakery was in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings at the time and eventually closed its doors in late 2007.
Broussard’s credibility is one of the key issues in the trial because lawyers for Bey and Mackey allege that he’s implicating them only to save his own skin.
Broussard could have faced life in prison, or even the death penalty, for the murders of Bailey and Odell Roberson, another victim in the case, but prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty to two counts of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter and promised him a 25-year prison sentence in exchange for his testimony against Bey and Mackey.
Broussard said Mackey participated in the killing of Bailey by driving him to and from the scene of the shooting and participated in the death of Roberson, 31, by handing him the rifle he used to kill Roberson.
Broussard also said Mackey killed Michael Wills, 36, because Bey ordered him to do so. Broussard said Bey was inspired by the so-called “Zebra killers,” who were a group of black men who murdered white victims in San Francisco in the early 1970s.
Bey, Mackey and Broussard are black and Broussard testified that Bey randomly selected Wills, who was white, after spotting him walking near the bakery.
Broussard admitted in court today that he told his uncle in a tape-recorded phone call from jail shortly after he was charged with murdering Bailey in 2007 that he was so upset at Bey for having him take the fall on his own that he wanted to “kick his a– on the streets.”
When Bey’s lawyer, Gene Peretti, asked Broussard if that meant that he wanted to kill Bey, Broussard laughed and said, “I’d try to.”
Peretti followed up by asking, “Do you want to kill him right now in the courtroom?” but Broussard said he did not.
Testimony in the trial of Bey and Mackey was set to resume on Tuesday.
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