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  • New details emerge in case against Yusuf Bey IV's former attorney {Your Black Muslim Bakery}

    04/27/2012 6:40:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/27/12 | Thomas Peele, The Chauncey Bailey Project
    An attorney already facing suspension of her law license for smuggling an alleged hit list out of jail for the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery committed other breaches of legal ethics never made public, according to interviews and documents. The state Supreme Court is considering whether to bar Lorna Brown, 66, of Berkeley, from practicing law for two years for her role for conveying a sealed envelope to one of Yusuf Bey IV's followers. Prosecutors say it contained a list of people Bey IV wanted killed to stop them from testifying in his 2011 murder trial for the...
  • Bey's lawyer must be given more than slap on wrist

    03/07/2012 2:14:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 3/6/12 | Editor
    An attorney who reportedly smuggled a witness hit list out of an Alameda County jail could soon be practicing law again after the state bar's proposed slap on the wrist and bungling by District Attorney Nancy O'Malley's office. Only the state Supreme Court can stop this travesty. In March 2010, while defending Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusef Bey IV in an infamous East Bay murder case, attorney Lorna Patton Brown repeatedly couriered documents for her client. She delivered one envelope to his common-law wife, who then delivered it to a parolee self-described as Bey's "number one soldier." On it,...
  • Imprisoned Your Black Muslim bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV punished . . .

    02/29/2012 3:16:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/29/12 | Thomas Peele and Josh Richman The Chauncey Bailey Project
    Imprisoned Your Black Muslim bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV punished for bribing guard to get him a cell phone - The Chauncey Bailey Project - Convicted triple killer Yusuf Bey IV, who was accused of trying to order followers to kill witnesses at his murder trial last year, has been placed in solitary confinement at San Quentin state prison after trying to bribe a guard to give him a cell phone, a Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman said.Bey IV, 26, the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, "offered an officer money and sports tickets in exchange for a...
  • New book examines journalist's murder {Chauncey Bailey}

    02/05/2012 8:16:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/5/12 | Tammerlin Drummond
    In many countries, journalists who investigate political corruption or major crime figures get thrown into prison, gunned down or kidnapped -- never to be heard from again. In the United States, however, few people have been crazy enough or bold enough to assassinate a journalist to stop a story. It has happened twice. In 1976, when Arizona Republic Reporter Don Bolles was mortally wounded in a car bombing in Phoenix. Then, on Aug. 2, 2007, when a brainwashed 19-year-old man with a sawed-off shotgun ambushed journalist Chauncey Bailey as he walked from a McDonald's in downtown Oakland to his newspaper...
  • {Oakland's Your Black} Muslim bakery attorney set to lose law license

    12/30/2011 10:48:22 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/30/11
    The attorney for former Your Black Muslim Bakery head Yusuf Bey IV is expected to be suspended from practicing law after acknowledging that she smuggled documents for Bey. Under a deal with the State Bar Court, 65-year-old Lorna Patton Brown would have to serve at least six months of a two-year suspension.
  • Your Black Muslim Bakery leader defiant to the end

    08/26/2011 3:16:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/26/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    More than four years after journalist Chauncey Bailey was gunned down in broad daylight on a downtown Oakland street, the man who ordered him and two others killed was sentenced today to prison for the rest of his life - but not before he proclaimed his intention to find the real mastermind of the slayings. Yusuf Bey IV, 25, denied that he had ordered the killings and, in a statement read by his attorney, said, "I will not rest until I find those who are truly responsible for setting this operation up." Bey's sentencing was a final act of sorts...
  • Oakland Tribune editorial: Chauncey Bailey verdict brings long-awaited justice

    06/09/2011 9:43:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 6/9/11 | Editor
    JUSTICE. Finally. For a time, it looked as though this day would never come. It appeared that the brazen Aug. 2, 2007, shooting of journalist Chauncey Bailey in downtown Oakland would go the way of so many other unsolved murders in a city where it often seems no one is held accountable. Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV was widely suspected of ordering Bailey killed to prevent the 57-year-old Oakland Post editor from publishing a story about the bakery's troubled finances. Yet Bey and accused accomplice Antoine Mackey were not charged with the killing until April 2009. For...
  • Ex-Your Black Muslim Bakery leader guilty of murder

    06/09/2011 2:42:16 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 27 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/9/11 | Henry K. Lee
    The former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery was convicted today of three counts of first-degree murder for ordering the slayings of Oakland newspaper editor Chauncey Bailey and two other men, capping a high-profile trial that was closely watched by journalists and First Amendment advocates. A second defendant, former bakery associate Antoine Mackey, 25, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for the 2007 killings of Bailey and Michael Wills, 36. The jury split on a third count involving the 2007 slaying of Odell Roberson Jr. 31, , and Judge Thomas Reardon declared a mistrial. Both Bey and Mackey...
  • Jury begins deliberations in Chauncey Bailey murder trial

    05/23/2011 6:02:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/23/11 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- Jurors began deliberations Monday in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial, following two months of testimony from dozens of witnesses. The jury of five men and seven women received the case shortly after Deputy District Attorney Melissa Krum gave an hourlong rebuttal to defense attorneys' closing statements. Krum emphasized what she said was ample evidence that former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV ordered Bailey, a local journalist, and two other men killed nearly four years ago. Bey IV and his co-defendant in the triple-murder trial, bakery member Antoine Mackey, listened intently as Krum spoke, sometimes whispering...
  • Chauncey Bailey trial: Yusuf Bey IV 'not a normal person,' prosecutor says

    05/18/2011 12:47:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/18/11 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- Former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV "is not a normal person," a prosecutor said Wednesday, portraying the 25-year-old as "a child king" who was obsessed with saving the failing bakery at any cost and so silenced journalist Chauncey Bailey in a blatant attempt to stop negative publicity. Bey IV "thought he ran (Oakland)," prosecutor Melissa Krum told the jury of seven men and five women as closing statements began in Bey IV's triple-murder trial. "He terrorized our city. He killed a reporter to stop his story or avenge stories already in print." Krum's closing arguments...
  • Bailey probe top cop denies shielding bakery boss {Your Black Muslim Bakery}

    05/03/2011 4:23:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/3/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The Oakland police sergeant who led the investigation into the slaying of journalist Chauncey Bailey denied in court Tuesday that he had promised to protect the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery from criminal liability in the case. Sgt. Derwin Longmire's comments came as the trial of Yusuf Bey IV, 25, the one-time head of the self-described black empowerment group, and a former bakery member drew near a close. Alameda County prosecutor Melissa Krum referred to a conversation secretly recorded by police in 2007 in which Bey boasted to followers that his ties with Longmire were "the reason they...
  • Another Bailey slaying trial witness has memory problems

    05/03/2011 12:39:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | Updated 5/3/11 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- A man who worked in a liquor store that Yusuf Bey IV and members of Your Black Muslim Bakery vandalized in November 2005 answered "I don't remember" more than 50 times Monday when a prosecutor asked him about the attack. Ehab Taha claimed he couldn't even remember what city the West Oakland store, New York Market, was in. Judge Thomas Reardon later described him as "willfully evasive." "I don't remember what I had for breakfast this morning," Taha said in response to one of prosecutor Melissa Krum's questions. "I have a lot of memory loss." Krum called him...
  • Reluctant witnesses take the stand in Chauncey Bailey trial

    04/28/2011 6:18:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/28/11 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- A man who was convicted of using a fake ID to steal a car from a San Bruno dealership along with former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV told jurors in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial Thursday that didn't remember the crime and denied it happened. Dyamen Williams, who said he had known Bey IV since he was 3 or 4 years old, replied "absolutely not" when asked if he used a driver's license with the name Victor Franklin at Platinum Motors in 2005 to drive off with a Pontiac Firebird. Court records show he was...
  • Your Black Muslim Bakery leader accuses judge of unfairness in Chauncey Bailey murder trial

    04/26/2011 3:37:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/26/11 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- Former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV accused the judge in his triple murder trial of being unfair to him during a hearing on key evidence Tuesday morning and asked if the proceedings could go on without him. Judge Thomas Reardon said at the end of a terse exchange that Bey IV did not have to be present for the proceedings, but Bey IV did not formally ask to be removed from court and sat through the testimony of two witnesses when jurors returned a few minutes later. At issue was how much of a recorded...
  • Judge allows large portions of video mocking journalist's death to be played for jurors

    04/20/2011 12:42:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/20/11 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    Jury in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial could see the hourlong clip as soon as Wednesday. OAKLAND -- Large portions of a secretly recorded police video on which former Your Black Muslim leader Yusuf Bey IV laughed about the 2007 killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey, threatened to kill a police officer and implicated himself in a kidnapping and torture case can be shown to jurors, a judge ruled Tuesday. The jury in Bey IV and co-defendant Antoine Mackey's triple murder trial could see the video as early as Wednesday, after other witnesses testify in the case. Judge Thomas Reardon, working...
  • Chauncey Bailey's anonymous source testifies Wednesday in the journalist's murder trial

    04/13/2011 9:19:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/13/11 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- A witness who said he was journalist Chauncey Bailey's anonymous source for an article on Your Black Muslim Bakery testified Wednesday against his brother-in-law -- and the man who once allegedly wanted to kill him -- bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV. Saleem Bey said he met with Bailey twice at the Oakland Post in summer 2007 and gave him documents he said supported his claims that Bey IV had no legal right to control the bakery. In tense exchanges with prosecutor Melissa Krum, Saleem Bey gave clipped, often one word answers. He was on the stand a little...
  • Broussard: Bey IV ordered a man killed to avenge his brother's death

    03/28/2011 2:58:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 3/28/11 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- Yusuf Bey IV ordered the death of the relative of a man who had killed his older brother, Devaughndre Broussard told jurors Monday morning. Bey IV, the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, wanted the relative, Odell Roberson, dead in what Broussard called "an eye for an eye" philosophy practiced at the bakery. "He said, 'Take him out when you get the chance,'" Broussard told the jury at the triple-murder trial of Bey IV and his co-defendant, Antoine Mackey. Broussard, who has pleaded guilty to two murders and agreed to testify in exchange for a 25-year prison...
  • Chauncey Bailey trial jurors see grisly autopsy photo {Your Black Muslim Bakery murders}

    03/24/2011 12:39:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 3/24/11 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- Jurors in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial flinched -- and some looked away -- Thursday morning when shown an autopsy photo of a face blasted away by shotgun pellets. Prosecutor Melissa Krum displayed the photo on a large screen as the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy, Dr. Thomas Rogers, described the wound. One juror, a bald man in glasses, grimaced noticeably. Defendants Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey glanced at the photo and then looked away. It showed what Rogers described as an eight-inch wound of his "face bones, brain, skull, teeth." Krum asked Rogers the condition...
  • Witnesses take the stand in Chauncey Bailey murder trial {Your Black Muslim Bakery murders}

    03/22/2011 7:56:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 3/22/11 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- A woman with her baby grandchild in her car stopped at a red light on First Avenue near Lake Merritt on the morning of Aug. 2, 2007, looked around and said to herself, "Oh, there goes Chauncey Bailey." The woman, Sandra Moffett, said she knew Bailey, editor of the Oakland Post, from "functions around Oakland where you needed a reporter." "I've read his articles," she said Tuesday from the witness stand on the first day of testimony in the trial of two men charged with Bailey's murder. She noticed that Bailey had recently gotten a haircut. His short...
  • Shotgun shell, videotape among key evidence in Chauncey Bailey murder trial

    03/21/2011 9:10:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 3/21/11 | Thomas Peele and Josh Richman
    OAKLAND -- A spent shotgun shell fired from the gun used to kill journalist Chauncey Bailey on Aug. 2, 2007, was found in the bedroom of former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV the next day, a prosecutor said Monday during opening statements in Bailey's murder trial. That spent shell matched the brand and type of load -- nine buckshot pellets -- of a shell found next to Bailey's body when he was gunned down near Lake Merritt, Deputy District Attorney Melissa Krum told jurors. The pellets were the same type that caused a savage wound to Bailey's...
  • Chauncey Bailey case to begin with opening remarks

    03/21/2011 7:31:06 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/21/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    When an attorney for one of the defendants in the killings of Oakland newspaper editor Chauncey Bailey and two other men tried to get the murder trial moved out of Alameda County last year, he compared his client to Nazi lieutenant Hermann Goering. Attorney Gary Sirbu argued that trying Antoine Mackey next to Yusuf Bey IV, the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery accused of having ordered the killings, would be like trying Goering next to Adolf Hitler. The publicity surrounding the now-defunct black empowerment group is that widespread, and the bakery's former leader is that notorious, Sirbu said....
  • Trial of two men charged with killing Chauncey Bailey on track to start later this month

    03/07/2011 9:06:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/7/11 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- Lawyers wrapped up months of pretrial wrangling in the prosecution of two men charged with murdering journalist Chauncey Bailey and two others Monday, all but assuring that opening statements will begin after the seating of a jury March 21. Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon scheduled no further court dates until 12 jurors and five alternates are selected from a pool of 109 people in two weeks. The defendants, former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey, both 25, lost motions Monday as Reardon steered the case forward after denying a change of venue motion...
  • {Your Black Muslim} Bakery associate accused in witness hit plot appears in court on shooting charge

    12/13/2010 10:31:27 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 12/13/10 | Josh Richman and Paul T. Rosynsky
    OAKLAND -- A former Your Black Muslim Bakery associate suspected in a plot to kill witnesses in the Chauncey Bailey murder case appeared in court Monday on charges that he fired into an inhabited building in 2009. Gary Popoff, 42, was charged last month with shooting into a building in the 5800 block of San Pablo Avenue -- not far from where the bakery's headquarters once stood. He was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sources close to the investigation say Popoff was arrested in November 2009 with a gun, which later was matched to...
  • Lawyer in Chauncey Bailey case is resigning from practice of law

    11/17/2010 6:44:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/17/10 | Thomas Peele and Josh Richman, The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- Lawyer Lorna Patton Brown is resigning from the practice of law after being implicated in a plot by her former client, Yusuf Bey IV, to kill witnesses in the Chauncey Bailey murder case, sources said Wednesday. Brown, 64, smuggled a hit list out of jail in March that named witnesses her client wanted killed to prevent their testimony in his upcoming trial, according to court papers. It was unclear when her resignation will take effect. Brown did not return multiple messages Wednesday. "I don't think (the resignation) is a matter of public importance," Spencer Strellis, an attorney who...
  • Judge rejects making quick decision on moving Chauncey Bailey trial

    10/01/2010 1:06:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 10/1/10 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- A judge Friday rejected a request that he rule immediately on a change of venue motion in the murder case of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men. Lawyers for accused killers Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey asked Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon to decide right away if their trial should be moved to Southern California so they would have time to appeal if Reardon said no. Reardon ruled last week that he would not determine if the trial had to be moved until after jury selection. He reiterated that position Friday, saying the request cut to...
  • Judge: Bailey murder trial will stay in Oakland -- for now

    09/21/2010 7:19:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 9/21/10 | Thomas Peele - Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- The murder trial of two men accused in the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey will remain in Alameda County -- for now. Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon issued a one-sentence ruling late Tuesday that he will take the case through jury selection here while keeping open the possibility of moving it elsewhere if a fair panel cannot be seated. "It is hereby ordered that ruling on defendants' motion for change of venue is deferred pending voir dire (jury selection) in this matter," Reardon wrote. Lawyers for co-defendants Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey. both 24, said during a...
  • Move Chauncey Bailey trial due to tainted jury pool, defense argues

    09/15/2010 6:40:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 9/15/10 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND -- Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey are entitled to have their triple murder trial moved out of Alameda County because 70 percent of potential jurors familiar with charges against them think they are definitely or probably guilty, an expert testified Wednesday. "There is a reasonable likelihood the defendants would not receive a fair trial," the expert, Bryan Edelman, a social physiologist, said on the second day of a change of venue hearing before Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon. In Los Angeles County -- which is where the pair wants Reardon to move the trial -- only 41 percent...
  • Former Bakery leader likely seeking venue change in Bailey trial

    05/17/2010 8:22:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 194+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/17/10 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND — Former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and co-defendant Antoine Mackey will likely seek a change of venue next month for their upcoming triple murder trial, lawyers in the case said Monday. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson set a hearing on the matter for June 21 during a brief hearing. No motions have been yet filed. "We are exploring it," Bey IV's lawyer, Gene Peretti, said. Neither Bey IV nor Mackey appeared in court. Bey IV faces three counts of murder. He is charged with ordering the killings of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two...
  • Sources: Witnesses in Bey IV case were marked for death { Your Black Muslim Bakery }

    05/06/2010 8:11:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 423+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | Updated 5/6/10 | Thomas Peele and Josh Richman The Chauncey Bailey Project
    Yusuf Bey IV ordered one of his bodyguards at the former Your Black Muslim Bakery to kill two witnesses in his upcoming triple murder trial, a plot that investigators unraveled before anyone was attacked, according to documents and officials. Bey IV — being held in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin — tasked Gary Popoff, 42, with "eliminating witnesses," an official with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday. According to police documents, investigators from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office arrested Popoff during a traffic stop near downtown Oakland on March 12 on suspicion of attempted witness intimidation, the same day...
  • Bakery leader thought robbing drug dealer would net $500,000 to save bankrupt business

    03/22/2010 8:38:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies · 843+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/22/10 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND — As Your Black Muslim Bakery teetered on financial collapse in the spring of 2007, Yusuf Bey IV bragged that robbing an East Oakland drug dealer known for wearing white suits and driving a Mercedes-Benz would net the business a $500,000 windfall, his half-brother, Yusuf Bey V, testified Monday. When Bey IV led four of his followers out on the night of May 17, 2007, Bey V said he believed they were going to find that dealer, Tim Crawford, and take his money. The bakery was more than $1 million in debt at the time and had filed for...
  • No convictions in assault and torture case involving Your Black Muslim Bakery members

    02/23/2010 8:01:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 433+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/23/10 | Thomas Peele
    OAKLAND — A jury Monday deadlocked on assault charges against three men who once were members of Your Black Muslim Bakery and acquitted a fourth, ending a two-week trial with no convictions. Jurors told Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner that they could not reach verdicts against Dahood Bey and Basheer Muhammad, who were accused of leading an attack Dec. 21, 2008, against a man who rented a room from Bey. Bey also was charged with torture. Ajuwon Muhammad, the third defendant, was acquitted on a robbery charge; jurors said they could not agree on an assault charge against him. The...
  • Longmire returning to duty after OPD declines to discipline officer

    10/22/2009 7:40:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 10/22/9 | Josh Richman and Thomas Peele THE CHAUNCEY BAILEY PROJECT
    Despite state investigators and other experts saying that a detective's ties to Your Black Muslim Bakery's young leader compromised his investigation of a journalist's slaying, the Oakland Police Department will decline to discipline him, police sources say. Sgt. Derwin Longmire, who investigated the Aug. 2, 2007, killing of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey in downtown Oakland, will return to work within days, according to three department sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. He was reassigned from homicide to patrol last year, and he has been on paid administrative leave since April pending possible disciplinary action in this case. Longmire's...
  • Bey IV tried to strong-arm follower, recordings reveal {Yusuf Bey IV, Your Black Muslim Bakery }

    08/26/2009 7:46:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 214+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/25/9 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    Yusuf Bey IV tried several times last year to persuade one of his former followers from Your Black Muslim Bakery not to testify against him in a kidnapping and torture case, recorded telephone calls reveal. Bey IV spoke with Kalil Raheem from jail in early 2008 as authorities were pressuring Raheem to testify against him. Sometimes cajoling, sometimes making veiled threats, Bey IV repeatedly asked Raheem not to cooperate with prosecutors even if it meant that Raheem would be locked up, according to recordings of the calls that The Chauncey Bailey Project obtained. "They are going to send me to...
  • Man charged with editor death accused in 2nd case {Yusuf Bey IV, Your Black Muslim Bakery }

    08/06/2009 12:44:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 395+ views
    Oakland, Calif. (AP) -- Court documents claim a man charged in the murder of an Oakland journalist was also involved in the killing of his own brother. Yusuf Bey IV, former head of Your Black Muslim Bakery, has pleaded not guilty in the deaths of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey and two other men. Yusuf Bey IV's brother, Antar Bey, was killed in 2005. Alfonza Phillips is serving life in prison for that murder. In documents filed last week seeking to overturn Phillips' conviction, defense attorney Randi Covin says Yusuf Bey IV and two other men acted on their intent...
  • Chilling account of Chauncey Bailey killing {by Your Black Muslim Bakery }

    07/31/2009 7:46:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 901+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/31/9 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    OAKLAND, CALIF. -- The leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery embraced the men who had just told him they carried out orders to kill Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey, telling them "I love y'all," according to the admitted gunman's chilling grand jury account released Thursday. The April testimony of confessed killer Devaughndre Broussard led to the indictment of onetime bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV, 23, in the 2007 slaying of Bailey and the killings of two other men. Also indicted in the three slayings was bakery follower Antoine Mackey, also 23. On Thursday, Bey and Mackey pleaded not guilty to murdering...
  • Former Your Black Muslim Bakery associate arrested in Missouri

    07/17/2009 12:31:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 294+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 7/17/9 | Josh Richman
    A former Your Black Muslim Bakery associate wanted in two California counties has been arrested in St. Louis. A St. Louis Metropolitan Police spokeswoman confirmed Friday the arrest of Ajuwon Fardjamaal Muhammad, 25, but couldn't immediately provide any details on the circumstances. An online court records system indicates he's charged there with misdemeanor interference with legal process. Muhammad is wanted in Alameda County for his alleged role in the New Year's Eve beating of an East Oakland man; he's charged with battery with serious bodily injury and criminal threats. Police case notes say victim Jerome Muhammad reported eight to 12...
  • S.F. victim had ties to Oakland bakery group

    07/15/2009 7:40:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 308+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/15/9 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    Authorities believe a body found buried last week in a San Francisco park is that of a man who had ties to Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland and who vanished two years ago under suspicious circumstances, The Chronicle has learned. The man, thought to be Omar Sharif Allah, disappeared in October 2007 as the black self-empowerment group was in the final stages of its unraveling. Its leader, Yusuf Bey IV, son of the man who founded the bakery in 1968, had been jailed two months earlier on charges of kidnapping two women and torturing one of them. Bey IV...
  • Man to be in court for Oakland editor's murder { Yusuf Bey IV - Your Black Muslim Bakery }

    05/29/2009 8:00:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 493+ views
    Oakland, Calif. (AP) -- A former community-group leader accused of ordering the murder of three men, including a newspaper editor, was scheduled to be arraigned Friday. It'll be the third time Yusuf Bey IV will stand in front of a judge for the murder of Chauncey Bailey and two other men in 2007. Bailey was an editor for the Oakland Post and working on a story about the finances of Bey's Your Black Muslim Bakery when he was gunned down on the way to work.
  • Chauncey Bailey's killer pleads guilty

    05/08/2009 7:34:05 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 369+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/8/9 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    OAKLAND -- The prosecution's key witness in the murder case against Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of voluntary manslaughter for allegedly carrying out Bey's orders to shoot Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey and a homeless man whose nephew killed Bey's brother. Devaughndre Broussard, 21, a former bakery handyman, entered the plea as part of a deal with prosecutors to secure his testimony against Bey and Antoine Mackey, another bakery figure. Both men face potential death sentences if convicted of murder for the 2007 deaths of Bailey and two other men, Odell Roberson...
  • Grand jury votes to indict bakery leader in slaying of Oakland journalist

    04/29/2009 1:04:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 738+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/29/9 | homas Peele, Bob Butler and Mary Fricker - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND - A grand jury today voted to indict Yusuf Ali Bey IV, the scion of the defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery, for ordering the killings of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men in 2007, authorities familiar with the situation said. Prosecutors are likely to bring the case with special circumstances - allowing them to seek the death penalty against Bey IV, 23. He allegedly told two of his followers that in exchange for killing Bailey, he would teach them how to file fraudulent loan applications that could reap hundreds of thousands of dollars. Another man, Antoine Arelus Mackey,...
  • Bailey slaying defendant testifies against Bey {Your Black Muslim Bakery }

    04/21/2009 2:47:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 298+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/21/9 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    OAKLAND -- The man accused of fatally shooting Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey testified before a grand jury today that he was ordered to commit the killing by the leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, his attorney said. Devaughndre Broussard, 21, a former handyman at the now-defunct black self-empowerment group, has struck a plea agreement with Alameda County prosecutors under which he agreed to testify against bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and another bakery figure, Antoine Mackey. In exchange, Broussard has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter, for the 2007 killings of Bailey and Odell Roberson, and...
  • Informant: Bakery head ordered Bailey killed { Yusuf Bey IV }

    03/05/2009 7:50:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 556+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/5/9 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    <p>Oakland -- A confidential informant has told prosecutors that the jailed head of Your Black Muslim Bakery boasted to him last year that he ordered Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey executed to stop untrue information from being published about the bakery. In the statement obtained by The Chronicle, the unidentified informant recounted how he met Yusuf Bey IV, 22, while both were in jail and Bey IV talked constantly about the bakery and the Aug. 2, 2007, killing of the 57-year-old Oakland man.</p>
  • Rank-and-file begin to question Bailey probe

    12/31/2008 9:27:14 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 383+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/31/8` | Thomas Peele, Bob Butler and Mary Fricker - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    Search for answers into slaying has raised questions not only about handling of case, but department as a whole — OAKLAND — As 2008 ends, more questions than answers remain about the brazen slaying of journalist Chauncey Bailey 17 months ago, and they raise increasing concerns about this city's beleaguered police force — questions that some officers say are now being asked within their own ranks.Officers and recently retired officers interviewed for this story describe the department as fractured, lacking confidence in Chief Wayne Tucker and his executive command staff, and neutered in its crime fighting abilities.Continuing violent crime, chronic...
  • Oakland internal affairs wants state to take over Bailey probe

    12/09/2008 1:13:23 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 206+ views
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 12/09/2008 | The Chauncey Bailey Project
    OAKLAND — Police internal affairs detectives investigating the handling of journalist Chauncey Bailey's slaying will have state investigators present when they interview members of their department's command staff. Investigators from the attorney general's office will be there to monitor the interviews, according to a letter the Department of Justice sent to Mayor Ron Dellums in November. But the Justice Department won't take over the whole investigation — which is apparently what Oakland internal affairs investigators wanted, the letter stated. "We do not believe, as has been suggested by the Police Department's Internal Affairs investigator, that the Police Department investigation be...
  • New piece of Bailey slaying puzzle surfaces

    12/07/2008 12:17:28 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 2 replies · 461+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 7, 2008 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    The leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery expressed satisfaction on the morning Chauncey Bailey was killed, saying the journalist got what he deserved for taking on the troubled organization in his reporting, a bakery member told Oakland police in a recently discovered account given the day after the slaying. Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV summoned the woman to watch a TV news story about three hours after Bailey, 57, was gunned down on his way to work on Aug. 2, 2007, she told homicide investigators. As they watched the report on the Oakland Post editor's slaying, Bey told her, "That...
  • [Oakland] Arrests Are Down, and Crime Is Up

    12/03/2008 7:35:40 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 11 replies · 865+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | December 3, 2008 | Robert Gammon
    Armed robbers terrorized Oakland restaurants and small businesses in three separate crime sprees over the past year. The first wave targeted Asian eateries and struck during the 2007 holiday season. The second arrived last spring and was more indiscriminate. The third struck in July and August. All three made newspaper headlines and led television newscasts, shining a spotlight on the city's out-of-control crime problem and the Oakland Police Department's apparent inability to cope with it. In fact, the department's public response to the takeover robberies was both odd and illuminating. The department's mantra for dealing with the city's crime spike...
  • Missed opportunity just before Bailey slaying { Oakland's Your Black Muslim Bakery }

    10/31/2008 7:52:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 254+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/31/8 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    Oakland police unwittingly missed a chance to trail members of Your Black Muslim Bakery as they drove to the home of journalist Chauncey Bailey just hours before a bakery worker allegedly shot him to death, police documents obtained by The Chronicle show. The records show that police had the bakery under surveillance for four hours the night of Aug. 1, 2007, but called off what was intended as a precautionary check in advance of raids that officers planned to conduct there two days later. Bailey, editor of the Oakland Post, was shot to death by a masked man while walking...
  • Dellums asks state to probe cops in Bailey case

    10/29/2008 7:53:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 365+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/29/8 | Carolyn Jones, Jaxon Van Derbeken
    Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums asked the state attorney general Tuesday to investigate the Police Department's handling of the August 2007 slaying of journalist Chauncey Bailey, amid lingering questions about the relationship between the lead investigator and the head of the Black Muslim group at the heart of the case. "While I respect and appreciate" the efforts of the police, Dellums said at a City Hall news conference, "the residents of Oakland deserve to know that this investigation is being conducted with the utmost transparency, openness and integrity." Dellums also said the lead investigator into the killing, Sgt. Derwin Longmire, a...
  • Your Black Muslim Bakery ex-leader facing 3 years for store vandalism

    07/30/2008 3:59:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 232+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/30/8 | Henry K. Lee
    OAKLAND -- The former head of Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland and an associate of the now-defunct business pleaded no contest today to vandalism in connection with the trashing of two liquor stores in the city in 2005. Yusuf Bey IV, 22, the son of the bakery's late leader, Yusuf Bey, pleaded no contest to all eight charges against him, including vandalism, false imprisonment, hate-crime and civil-rights violations. He is expected to be sentenced to three years in state prison.Bakery associate Dyamen Williams, 21, pleaded no contest to vandalism and could face up to a year in county jail.On...
  • Secret video raises questions about bakery leader's role in Bailey killing

    06/19/2008 10:43:24 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 193+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/19/8 | Thomas Peele, Bob Butler, Mary Fricker and Josh Richman, THE CHAUNCEY BAILEY PROJECT
    Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV kept the gun used to kill journalist Chauncey Bailey in his closet after the attack and bragged of playing "hella dumb" when investigators asked him about the shooting, according to a secretly recorded police video.He describes Bailey's shooting in detail on the video, then, laughing, he denies he was there, and boasts that his friendship with the case's lead detective protected him from charges.Bey IV has not been arrested in Bailey's Aug. 2 death; Devaughndre Broussard, a then-19-year-old bakery handyman, has been charged in the killing. In an interview last week at...