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Bey IV, Mackey convicted of killing journalist, others

Thursday, June 9, 2011

image “I’m very teary. This has been a long journey but justice has finally been done, it’s over,” slain Oakland Post journalist Chauncey Bailey’s cousin, Wendy Ashley-Johnson, said after today’s guilty verdicts in the killing of Bailey (pictured) and two others. Oakland Tribune reporter Thomas Peele of the Chauncey Bailey Project says that Yusuf Bey IV, 25, dressed in bow tie and pinstriped suit, starred straight ahead as the verdicts were read. His former Your Black Muslim Bakery associate, Antoine Mackey, gazed at the ceiling of the Oakland courtroom.

Add: Bey IV was convicted on three first-degree murder counts for ordering the deaths of Bailey, Odell Roberson and Michael Wills. Mackey was convicted of helping hunt down Bailey and of killing Wills. They each face sentences of life in prison without possibility of parole when they are sentenced July 8.

Noted: Bailey was gunned down near the corner of 14th and Alice streets in downtown Oakland on Aug. 2, 2007 to prevent him from writing about the crime-riddled and now defunct Bakery organization’s financial troubles. The gunman, Devaughndre Broussard, who was carrying out Bey IV’s orders, cut a plea deal in exchange for his testimony and is to receive a sentence of 25 years. Lead prosecutor Melissa Krum called Bey IV and those who followed in his criminal footsteps “a group of street-gang thugs.”

Also: The Oakland Tribune editorializes about the outcome, and the Chauncey Bailey Project provides a timeline of the four-year-long case.
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