Chauncey Bailey Murder Trial Begins

The Chauncey Bailey murder trial finally began more than three years after he was gunned down in downtown Oakland, August 2, 2007, while walking to work to meet with Post publisher Paul Cobb. With the permission of Oakland Tribune Editor, Martin Reynolds, The Post News Group will present weekly summaries and excerpts from the daily trial reports of the Chauncey Bailey Project and the Oakland Tribune. Errol Zachery, a courtroom artist, and former co-worker with Chauncey Bailey at the Tribune, is offering his drawings of the court proceedings with the Post, Tribune and KTVU Channel 2 and other media outlets. He lives in Oakland, sells subscriptions for the Tribune and worked with Reynolds, Bailey and Cobb at the Tribune. He also started  working with the Oakland Post  in the 70’s. He , Cobb and Bailey lived downtown near the Tribune and the Post and often walked to work and around the Lake Merritt area. “I had to do this out of respect for my friend Chauncey, he always promoted and respected me. I was planning to illustrate his children’s book project.” Zachery has sketched the accused killers, jurors, judge, attorneys  and trial proceedings. Zachery, also drew sketches during the high-profile, would-be President Ford assassin Lynette Alice “Squeaky” Fromme. The Trial Begins The jurors heard how confessed shooter, Devaughndre Broussard,  carried a short-barreled pistol grip shotgun, a 12-gauge Mossberg. Broussard told the grand jury that he fired a shot into Bailey’s right shoulder and another into his lower abdomen. He said he ran, but returned, remembering his orders to make sure Bailey was dead. Broussard now claims Yusuf Bey IV, ordered him to kill Bailey. Beys IV, along with the driver Antoine Mackey, are on trial for murder. Bey IV, the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, and Mackey, both 25, have pleaded not guilty to the charges and face life sentences without parole if convicted. Broussard, now 24, is expected to testify in the case as part of a plea deal. Broussard has pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the case and will receive a 25-year sentence in exchange for his testimony. The mission Broussard described to a grand jury was straightforward: Bey IV dispatched him and Mackey to “take (Bailey) out before he write (sic) that story.” Bailey was working on a story about the bakery, which had a long and controversial history in Oakland, thanks largely to its founder, Bey IV’s father, Yusuf Bey. Bey IV, then 19, took over the organization in fall 2005 following the murder of his older brother, Antar. A year after his brother’s death, Bey IV filed for bankruptcy. The day after Bailey died, a bankruptcy judge ordered the bakery liquidated to pay more than $700,000 debt. Bailey was given the public information bankruptcy court filings from Ali Saleem Bey to write about the Bakery’s financial condition.. Bailey’s information was approved by Ali Saleem Bey’s attorney Vernon Goins. But publisher Paul Cobb did not publish the story. Some of Bailey’s family and relatives are attending the trial. The trial is expected to last several weeks. On Thursday, jurors were shown the autopsy photos of Bailey’s face blasted away. Prosecutor Melissa Krum displayed the photo on a large screen as the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy, Dr. Thomas Rogers, described the wound. One juror, a bald man in glasses, grimaced noticeably. Defendants Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey glanced at the photo and then looked away. It showed what Rogers described as an eight-inch wound of his “face bones, brain, skull, teeth.” Krum asked Rogers the condition of Bailey’s left eye. “It was basically destroyed,” Rogers replied. Lawyers for Bey IV and Mackey asked Rogers no questions. Broussard, struggled through testimony Thursday against Bey IV. He first entered Judge Thomas Reardon’s crowded courtroom at 11:39 a.m. wearing shackles and a red jail jumpsuit. He passed in front of the defense table where Bey IV and co-defendant Antoine Mackey sat staring at him intently; he didn’t meet their eyes. Bey IV wore a tan suit and a bow tie — the symbol of the Black Muslim movement that Broussard said he joined in 2006.. Broussard said he joined because Bey IV bragged openly to him and others that he was capable of helping his followers obtain high credit scores and acquire loans through fraudulent means. Broussard struggled through his testimony throughout the day, and minutes after taking the stand, was asking for questions to be repeated, and seemed to find it difficult to formulate answers. Broussard said Richard Lewis, a close family friend who was in a San Francisco jail with him, had also spent time with Bey IV when Bey IV was awaiting bail in a vehicular assault case. He said Lewis told him that Bey IV needed “people he could depend on.” The attorney who negotiated Broussard’s plea bargain two years ago, LeRue Grim, watched from the front row. 

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