Police tapes record confession to Bailey slaying
On Aug. 3, Devaughndre Broussard, then 19, a slim young man with close-cropped hair, thick eyebrows and a small moustache, sat in interview room No. 2 in the Oakland Police Departments homicide section. Crying, with long pauses and mumbled words, he told investigators he knew Bailey worked downtown, and he had gone looking for him because he had written negative stories about Your Black Muslim Bakery.
He said he had seen Bailey the day before the shooting at a bus stop downtown and followed him to the area where he lived, near Lake Merritt. Broussard told police that, later that night, he drove — alone — around that neighborhood, but didn’t see Bailey. He later told police he drove Yusuf Bey IV and bakery worker Antoine Mackey to the area by Baileys apartment house.
Broussard said on the morning of Aug. 2, he woke up in his room at one of several buildings owned by the bakery. This one was a house on 59th Street at San Pablo Avenue that bordered the rear yard of the bakery.
He got high by smoking a cigar stuffed with powder cocaine, then went looking for Bailey at the apartment building on First Avenue. He said he had intentions to be a soldier because Bailey had written bad stories about the bakery. So he borrowed a white van from someone at the bakery named Ricco and drove — alone — by the Oakland Post offices in search of Bailey. Then he drove up and down 14th Street looking for him. He finally spotted Bailey leaving a McDonalds.
Broussard said when he saw Bailey, he got out of the van and crossed the street. He said he intended only to scare Bailey, but when he confronted him, Bailey took a swing at him and he fired, hitting him once in the chest, then the head and then the chest again.
“I shot him,” he said. “I shot him again and again. I shot him three times with a charcoal-black Mossberg.”
When asked why he returned to shoot him a third time, Broussard told police, “I wanted to be sure.”
Broussard said he returned to the bakery where he tried to resume work but decided to share what he had done with Bey IV. Later that morning, Broussard said he, Bey IV and Mackey drove back past the scene. The police were still out there, as were television news trucks and dozens of onlookers.
Broussard had been working as a handyman and occasional cook for the bakery for about a month. He mopped, stocked bakery items, washed dishes, carried in supplies. He helped rebuild a wall in the store. He roomed with Mackey and another bakery worker.
He thought it was a good gig, despite relatives protests otherwise. Broussard had grown up in San Franciscos Western Addition. At 15, he apparently had an interest in finance, participating with other 10th-graders in a mentor program for disadvantaged teens at the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, learning about the stock market and corporate analyses. He won a $100 savings bond in a competition in the program.
But he eventually dropped out of high school, and had some run-ins with the law. On Halloween 2005, a San Francisco Muni bus security camera caught an 18-year-old Broussard and three other teens attacking and robbing another passenger. They took the man’s wallet, money and iPod and broke his nose. This was Broussard’s first offense, and he was put on probation.
Broussard had worked at the bakery previously, in 2006 and at the beginning of 2007. He had left in March to find other employment, but after no success, returned to the bakery in June.
Broussard, now 20, remains in Santa Rita jail in Dublin, awaiting trial. Through his attorney, LeRue Grim, Broussard has since recanted much of what he told police — saying he is innocent and was told by bakery leaders to confess to the crime and take the fall.