Chauncey Bailey murder trial delayed by alternate juror’s illness
By Thomas Peele, The Chauncey Bailey Project
OAKLAND — The Chauncey Bailey murder trial has been delayed until next week after an alternate juror called in sick Tuesday.
Judge Thomas Reardon said he had received documentation from the juror’s doctor confirming an illness. Reardon delayed proceedings in the case to Monday, because court is closed Thursday for Cesar Chavez Day and the trial is not conducted on Fridays.
Reardon said he preferred to delay the proceedings rather than dismiss the juror because the prognosis for a quick recovery is strong. The trial is expected to take three months or more, and five alternates were seated.
When court resumes, Bailey’s confessed killer, Devaughndre Broussard, will resume testimony against defendants Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey.
Bey IV is charged with ordering Bailey and two other men, Michael Wills and Odell Roberson, killed in the summer 2007.
Broussard has pleaded guilty to killing Bailey and Roberson and said Mackey helped him. He also testified that Mackey and Bey IV bragged about killing Wills
The defendants have pleaded not guilty.