Trial begins in Black Muslim Bakery killing

A prosecutor told jurors today that she doesn't think that the shooting death of former Your Black Muslim Bakery chief executive Antar Bey at an Oakland gas station two years ago was due to an ongoing power struggle

following the death of bakery founder Yusuf Bey in 2003

Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Colleen McMahon said she believes Alfonza Phillips, now 22, shot Antar Bey, 23, at the Union 76 gas station at 55th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way around 7:30 p.m. on

Oct. 25, 2005, for a more basic reason: he wanted to carjack Bey's $75,000 BMW 745 sedan.

McMahon said an informant came to Oakland police about a week after the shooting incident and said that Phillips was dating his step-daughter and Phillips had admitted that he killed Bey because he wanted to steal Bey's BMW and give its “very expensive” tire rims to his step-daughter as a gift.

McMahon said witness statements and gas station videotapes indicate that Phillips spotted Bey's fancy car while Phillips was at a gas station across the street.

The prosecutors said Phillips then crossed the street and shot Bey in the back as Bey talked on his cell phone after he had filled up his BMW with gas.

McMahon said Phillips got into Bey's car and tried to drive off in it but the keys weren't in the car so he eventually got out of the car and fled the station on foot and apparently was given a ride by a companion.

Phillips' attorney, Leonard Ulfelder, is expected to give his opening statement later today. He has said that he thinks Phillips is innocent and Bey's death was due to a power struggle at the bakery, which has been in the news in recent months because bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard, 19, is accused of murdering journalist Chauncey Bailey in Oakland on Aug. 2, allegedly because he was upset about articles Bailey had written about the bakery.

Antar Bey took control of the operation after his predecessor, Waajid Aljawwaad Bey, disappeared.

In June 2005 another family leader, John Bey, survived an apparent assassination attempt in which he was shot at several times in his neighborhood in Oakland's Montclair District.

— Bay City News

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