Witnesses recall scene of Chauncey Bailey killing

Yusuf Bey IV

March 22, 2011 5:57:48 PM PDT
One of the first people to take the stand in the murder trial of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey was a man who witnessed the killing.

Jiahong Zhou works at a senior center across the street from the downtown Oakland parking lot where Bailey was killed as he headed to work on August 2, 2007.

Zhou told the jury the shooter walked up to the Oakland Post editor, shot him twice at close range, started to leave and then came back and shot Bailey a third time. Outside the courtroom, Bailey's brother said listening to the testimony opens old wounds for Bailey's family.

"It was very difficult. They actually went over the scene and to see my brother laying (sic) there on the ground covered up like that and for the witness to describe exactly what they saw? it brings back what happened 3-4 years ago," Erroll Bailey said. Prosecutors say Yusuf Bey IV, the leader of Oakland's Your Black Muslim Bakery, orchestrated the assassination because Bailey planned to publish an article about the bakery's financial troubles.

Antoine Mackey is also on trial for the murder. He is accused of helping to hunt Bailey down. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

A third bakery associate, Devaughndre Broussard, has admitted to shooting Bailey. In a plea deal, Broussard is expected to serve 25 years for Bailey's murder in exchange for his testimony against Bey and Mackey.

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