Slain journalist's family wants justice

May 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The father of murdered East Bay Journalist Chauncey Bailey doubts justice will be served in his son's death.

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A year and a half after his killing, a new suspect, Yusef Bey IV, has been charged with ordering Bailey's killing.

The 90-year old father of the slain journalist flew in from Iowa just so he could sit in court for the arraignment of Yusef Bey IV, the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery and the man accused of orchestrating Chauncey Bailey's murder.

But, more than a year and a half after his son's death, Chauncey Bailey Sr. has doubts about the justice system.

"Some bad things are happening and I just don't know if justice is going to be served right," said Bailey Sr.

Bey and bakery associate Antoine Mackey face murder charges now, largely because of the secret grand jury testimony of one-time bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard.

Broussard's long criminal history could damage his credibility as a witness. Regardless, he cut a plea deal and admitted to pulling the trigger, but said Bey ordered him to do it.

A judge postponed Wednesday's arraignment to give Bey and Mackey time to obtain lawyers, a delay that further frustrated Bailey's family.

"We just want this over with, and for whoever was responsible for his death to pay for it," said Bailey's sister Lorelei Waqia.

The Oakland Post editor was working on a story about the bakery when he was gunned down while walking to work.

Prosecutors say Antoine Mackey is the bakery associate who accompanied Broussard to the murder scene at Alice Street and 14th street in Downtown Oakland and then drove the getaway vehicle.

The case continues to make headlines in Bailey's old paper. Bailey's family members just want the painful ordeal to come to an end.

"It's been a long journey but we just have to wait on the system," said Bailey Sr.

Meanwhile, a start-up restaurant called Your Community Cafe is battling reports by at least two local papers linking it to Your Black Muslim Bakery.

"I mean, yes our business did get slow, because I think they thought we had something to do with the bakery which is not true," said Rachel Smith, the Your Community Cafe manager.

The East Bay Express reports Your Community Cafe is being run by a person caught up in the 2005 liquor store attacks in which Bey was arrested. Your Community Cafe owner, Jamal Robinson, admits he was arrested then exonerated when police saw he was not in the surveillance video. Robinson says he was also friends with Yusef Bey IV.

"Things were going on that I didn't agree with. I'm not into certain things that were going on so I parted ways and started doing my own thing," said Robinson.

And Robinson maintains no one from Your Black Muslim Bakery operates his restaurant.

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