Bey indicted for Chauncey Bailey murder

April 29, 2009 8:04:45 PM PDT
A criminal grand jury in Alameda County indicted the leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery Wednesday for the murder of Chauncey Bailey. Prosecutors could decide to seek the death penalty.

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More than a year and a half after journalist Chauncey Bailey was killed as he walked to work, an Oakland grand jury indicted Yusef Bey IV, the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, accusing him of murder.

A second man, Antoine Mackey, was also indicted.

Until now, Devaughndre Broussard, a onetime bakery handyman, had been the only person charged with the crime.

Wednesday's indictment was largely based on his testimony before a secret grand jury.

Attorney LeRue Grim represents Broussard.

"Mr. Bey IV hired my client to kill Mr. Chauncey Bailey on August 2, 2007, and the very next day he turned my client into the police as the person who did the killing," Broussard's attorney LeRue Grim said.

In exchange for his testimony, 20-year-old Broussard struck a deal with prosecutors. He will serve a 25 year state prison sentence; he faced life without parole.

Grim said his client is remorseful.

The indictment accuses Bey IV of also ordering the killing of another man. Prosecutors said they will decide later whether to try the potential double murder as a death penalty case.

ABC7 legal analyst Dean Johnson said prosecutors could have a hard time making Broussard appear to be a reliable witness before a jury.

"Any time you have a case that depends upon the test of somebody who makes a deal, it's a very tough case for the prosecution," Dean Johnson said.

Bey IV and Mackey will be arraigned in court on Wednesday. Broussard will be in court the day after that.

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