Broussard to be tried for Chauncey Bailey murder

A judge ruled today that prosecutors presented sufficient evidence to have Your Black Muslim Bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard ordered to stand trial on charges he murdered journalist Chauncey Bailey in downtown Oakland in broad daylight on Aug. 2.

Broussard, 19, is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Dec. 7 to be arraigned for a second time and to have his trial date set.

His attorney, LeRue Grim, said Broussard's trial would probably begin next June or July.

Bailey, 57, was shot three times on 14th Street near Alice Street shortly before 7:30 a.m. as he was walking from his home near Lake Merritt to his job as editor of the Oakland Post several blocks away at 405 14th St.

At Broussard's preliminary hearing today, prosecutor John Jay played a tape recording of Broussard telling Oakland police the day after Bailey was murdered that he killed Bailey because he was upset about stories Bailey had written about the bakery.

Jay also played tapes of two phone calls Broussard made from the Alameda County Jail on Aug. 4 in which he admitted killing Bailey.

Jay didn't say who Broussard was talking to in the phone calls, but one of the calls was to a female friend and the other appeared to be his uncle, as he called the man “unc”.

Outside court, Grim said he doesn't believe Broussard's statements were true confessions and he thinks Broussard was coerced by bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV, 21, to take responsibility for the crime.

Grim said Broussard will testify at his trial and identify the real killer of Bailey.

Grim said he is hoping to present testimony by two bakery employees who will give Broussard an alibi by saying he was working at the bakery at the time Bailey was killed.

— Bay City News

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