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Man agrees to guilty plea in Oakland journalist's killing

April 16, 2009 |  1:58 pm

A man charged with killing an Oakland journalist two years ago has agreed to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and will testify that another person ordered the slaying to prevent publication of a critical article, the lawyer for the man said today.

Chauncey Bailey, editor of the Oakland Post, was gunned down Aug. 2, 2007, when he stopped for breakfast on his way to work. The killing resonated with journalists worldwide and prompted many to devote long hours to uncovering the events that led to his death.

LeRue J. Grim, attorney for Devaughndre Broussard, said his 21-year-old client has agreed to plead guilty to two charges of voluntary manslaughter and to testify against others in the case and in other killings in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence.

Grim said Broussard will testify Monday and Tuesday before a grand jury investigating the killings and again if indictments are issued.

Grim said he expected the plea agreement to go before a judge for approval within three weeks.

Alameda County Deputy Dist. Atty. Chris Lamiero declined to comment on the case but did not dispute Grim’s statements.

Grim said his client would testify that he and another man were ordered to kill Bailey by Yusef Bey IV, who believed Bailey was going to a write a story critical of the finances of Your Black Muslim Bakery. The bakery was started in the early 1970s as an effort to show African American empowerment. It developed into a polygamist cult and became home to many ex-convicts.

Grim alleged that Bey “convinced” his client, a bakery handyman, that Bailey and others were enemies of the Muslim brothers. Grim said his client shot Bailey and identified another man, Antoine Mackey, as the driver.

The Chauncey Bailey Project, formed by journalists to investigate the case, reported on its website that murder charges were “imminent” against Bey, who is behind bars for several other crimes.

-- Eric Bailey

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