Former Your Black Muslim Bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard matter-of-factly told jurors Monday that he shot journalist Chauncey Bailey three times in downtown Oakland the morning of Aug. 2, 2007.
In his third day on the witness stand in the trial of bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and associate Antoine Mackey on three counts of murder for the deaths of Bailey and two other men in Oakland in 2007, Broussard said he and Mackey spotted Bailey near the corner of 14th and Alice streets that morning.
According to previous testimony in the case, Bailey was walking from his apartment near Lake Merritt to his office at the Oakland Post, where he served as the paper’s editor.
Shackled and wearing a red jail suit indicating that he’s being held in a special unit, Broussard, 23, said he ran up “within an arm’s reach” of Bailey and shot him in the chest area.
Broussard said after Bailey fell to the ground he shot him in the torso. Broussard said he started to run away and then came back and shot Bailey a third time, this time in the face.
“Three times would have made it for certain,” Broussard said.
He said he wanted to make sure Bailey was killed because Bey told Bailey “wasn’t supposed to live.”
Broussard said Mackey drove the two of them away in a van.
Broussard testified last week that Bey told him that he wanted to have Bailey killed to prevent him from writing a story about the bakery’s financial problems.
The bakery was in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings when Bailey was killed, and it closed its doors later in 2007.
Broussard said after he and Mackey told Bey that Bailey had been shot and killed, Bey told them, “I love you all.”
Broussard has pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter for killing Bailey and one of the other victims in the case and has been promised a 25-year state prison term in exchange for his testimony against Bey and Mackey, who are both 25.