‘I shot him again and again,’ suspect says in confession
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By Paul T. Rosynsky, Chauncey Bailey Project
OAKLAND — “I hopped out the van and ran, I shot him, I shot him again and again, I shot him three times with a charcoal black Mossberg. He was wearing a business suit.” That’s what Your Black Muslim Bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard told police Aug. 3 about the shooting death of Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey Jr., according to police notes taken during the interview.The notes, released Wednesday by Broussard’s attorney LeRue Grim, reveal for the first time detailed descriptions of what happened the morning Bailey was killed Aug. 2 and what could have led to his assassination.The more than 140 pages of documents include notes from interviews with Post Publisher Paul Cobb and witnesses, as well as bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and bakery members Tamon Halfin, Joshua Bey and Broussard.
All four men were arrested during a police raid on the bakery and several bakery members’ homes Aug. 3. Bey IV, Halfin and Joshua Bey are being held without bail on charges of kidnapping and torturing two women. Bey IV and Halfin also are charged with dozens of felony counts in connection with real estate fraud schemes.
Broussard is charged with murder.
The notes show that Bey IV, 21, while being interviewed by detectives about the Bailey murder, suggested Broussard was responsible. In separate questioning several hours later, Broussard, 19, confessed to police, saying he killed the journalist because he intended to be a “soldier,” the notes said.
“I intended to scare him,” Broussard continued, according to the notes. “He swung at me. He had a briefcase.”
The documents also show a controversial private discussion between Broussard and Bey IV at the police station was initiated by Broussard, not the police. In previous interviews, police said Broussard confessed to the slaying after the meeting with Bey IV.
Typed notes by Sgt. Derwin Longmire reveal details of the meeting: “Broussard was brought into interview room No. 2 with (Bey IV),” the notes said. “The four (of) us discussed Bailey’s killing until Broussard said, ‘Let me talk to (Bey IV) alone for just a few minutes and I’ll tell you what happened.”‘
Police then left the room for four minutes and checked back only to see Broussard crying. Bey IV said, “Almost finished, one minute,” the notes said.
Two minutes later, police came back in the room and escorted Broussard to a separate interview room where Broussard revealed details of the killing.
Broussard told them he followed Bailey the day before the shooting and drove by Bailey’s house with Bey IV and one other bakery member the night before he killed the Post editor, the notes said.
The notes said Broussard also described how he killed Bailey and smoked powder cocaine before and after the killing.
“I hit him in the chest and the head. Chest first; second head. Third time in the chest,” the notes record Broussard as saying. “I think I threw the mask away. I had a powder cocaine blunt. I smoked it.”
Witnesses said Bailey was shot by a masked gunman.
Meanwhile, about an hour earlier, Bey IV told police Broussard was “a hot head” who was “trying to do the best by the bakery,” police notes state.
“Some folks are eager to prove things to others. I think it was Andre Broussard,” Bey IV told police, according to the notes. “Dre would do something like that.”
Later in the conversation, Bey IV told police Broussard admitted to him he shot Bailey, the notes said.
“Dre told me that he did it. I asked him and he admitted to it,” the notes show Bey IV as saying. “I never knew it was going to happen, I didn’t call OPD, but I knew the truth would come out.”
According to Longmire’s typed notes, Bey IV told police Broussard killed Bailey because of stories the journalist was working on.
“(Bey IV) told us that Broussard told him that he killed Bailey because Bailey wrote derogatory articles about the Your Black Muslim Bakery,” the document states.
During an interview with Cobb, police learned the Post publisher refused to print a Bailey story about murders conducted by bakery members, the notes said.
“Mr. Cobb told me that members from the Black Muslim Bakery provided Bailey with information regarding murders and other felonious activity and asked him to write a story on the bakery,” the notes said. “Mr. Cobb declined to distribute the story as the source refused to be identified in the writing.”
In an interview late Wednesday, Cobb denied he had said that to police. “That was not true,” Cobb said. “That is not true. All I can tell you is that is not true.”
Assistant Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan defended Longmire’s account. “Why would (Longmire) write that if he didn’t say it?”
It has previously been reported Bailey was working on stories about the bakery’s finances and its internal struggles. Killings by bakery members have not been mentioned specifically.
In a set of notes Longmire compiled while interviewing Cobb, the investigator wrote that Cobb said, “(An) ousted (Bey) family member gave info regarding murder. I killed the story and the guy was mad at me cause I killed the story.”
According to the notes, Cobb said an ousted bakery member hoped a published story would help him take over the bakery before a federal bankruptcy hearing that was scheduled for late August.
Other notes and police reports released in the packet of information describe witness statements about seeing a hooded man running across the street at Bailey. Others told of how they heard gunshots.
Grim said the information does not contradict his client’s assertion that Bey IV told him to take the fall for the killing.
“The police reports do not show that my client’s version of events is untrue,” Grim said. “What I get from the police report is a sigh of relief. There is a reasonable doubt that this confession is true.”
Oakland Tribune staff writer Harry Harris contributed to this report.