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Confessed killer to testify in Bailey murder trial

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Your Black Muslim Bakery Yusuf Bey IV

A one-time soldier of Oakland's Your Black Muslim Bakery and the admitted shooter of Chauncey Bailey began his testimony on Thursday as the star witness in the journalist's murder trial.

Devaughndre Broussard, told jurors he learned about the bakery through a family friend on the eve of his release from jail. He headed to the Oakland institution looking for a job. During his first meeting with leader Yusuf Bey IV, Broussard said he underwent a "thorough" pat down from a bakery member, in which the man searched inside Broussard's collar and shoes.

The 23-year-old said fellow soldiers were doing drills and callisthenic exercises in formation, and it was his understanding that Bey "needed more soldiers."

Asked by prosecutor Melissa Krum to explain the term, Broussard said, "He needed people that were willing to be there, and that were willing to sacrifice." Broussard will serve 25 years in exchange for his testimony against Bey and fellow bakery soldier Antoine Mackey.

Bey is accused of ordering the hit on Bailey. Mackey is accused of helping to hunt Bailey down and driving the getaway car. Both have pleaded not guilty. Broussard admitted to shooting Bailey three times as the Oakland Post editor walked to work August 2, 2007. Prosecutors say Bey wanted the journalist dead because he planned to publish an article on the bakery's financial troubles.

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