Archive for May, 2009
Prosecutors have decided not to seek the death penalty against former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and another man for their alleged involvement in the 2007 killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men, a lawyer said Friday.
The July 2007 slaying of Michael Wills, in which two members of Your Black Muslim Bakery have been charged, was tinged with racial overtones, yet those men aren’t charged with a hate crime. Friends and relatives of Wills, who was white, are concerned that prosecutors haven’t done all they can against defendants Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey. But experts say hate-crime cases are particularly difficult to prove and, in this case, would not bring added penalties beyond what the defendants already face.
Jeff Loman, the former deputy police chief who was the subject of an investigation stemming from a sexual harassment complaint, has been demoted two ranks to lieutenant and will return to work today, sources said. Loman also faces possible discipline for his role in overseeing the department’s investigation of the killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey in 2007, when he was the captain in charge of the criminal investigation division.
A man accused of killing a U.S. journalist because of his investigative work admits his role, giving testimony that implicates two more in the slaying. Sound familiar? Perhaps doubly so. It’s the story not only of Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey, shot to death on a downtown Oakland sidewalk in August 2007, but also of Don Bolles, an Arizona Republic reporter killed by a car bomb in Phoenix in June 1976.
Attorneys for the leader of the now-defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery, who is accused of ordering the killings of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two others, won a court motion Wednesday temporarily preventing anyone from speaking about the case.
Until recently, Devaughndre Broussard was the only Your Black Muslim Bakery associate ever charged with murder, despite a decades-long trail of eight bodies authorities say they have linked to the organization or its founding Bey family. Now, Broussard and two others are charged not only with the August 2007 killing of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey but in two other killings as well. But in the other bakery-related homicides, such hope remains only a faint possibility.
The dozens of journalists and media outlets that teamed in 2007 to investigate the shooting death of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey were honored last week by the National Association of Black Journalists. The NABJ named the Chauncey Bailey Project winner of its annual Community Service award, in recognition of the Project’s work to uncover a conspiracy in Bailey’s death.
Devaughndre Broussard, a handyman at the now defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery, admitted on Thursday to killing Chauncey Bailey as part of plea deal in which he agreed to give prosecutors evidence that the journalist’s murder and two other slayings were ordered by bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV.
OAKLAND – Yusuf Bey IV, leader of the now defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery, appeared in court Wednesday on charges that he ordered the killing of Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey and two others, but his case was postponed a week so that Bey IV and co-defendant Antoine Mackey can find attorneys. Both were referred to the Alameda County Public Defenders office.
As the defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery’s last CEO faces charges in the 2007 killings of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey and two others, bakery associates recently have run afoul of the law again, police said. Three former bakery associates are among those charged in a New Year’s Eve attack on an East Oakland man. In a separate case, another is back in prison after violating parole, arrested April 20 at the new Your Community Café & Bakery, which is run by another former Your Black Muslim Bakery associate.