June 10, 2011

Chauncey Bailey (Oakland Tribune/Courtesy The Associated Press)

Two Found Guilty in Chauncey Bailey Killing

Two men were convicted June 9, 2011, of the shooting death of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey in 2007.

Yusuf Bey IV was found guilty on three counts of murder for ordering the murder of Bailey and two other men. His co-defendant, getaway driver Antoine Mackey, was found guilty of helping confessed killer Devaughndre Broussard kill Bailey in broad daylight on a street in downtown Oakland.

Bey and Mackey face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Broussard, a bakery handyman, confessed to shooting Bailey on Bey’s orders. He accepted a plea deal in exchange for his testimony and is expected to be sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Bailey, 57, was killed Aug. 2, 2007, as he was walking to work. He was shot three times at point-blank range and died steps away from the newspaper’s building. Bailey had been investigating violence and financial fraud at Your Black Muslim Bakery, a longtime Oakland business that was owned by Bey.

Bailey, who previously worked for The Oakland Tribune, had assumed the editorship of The Oakland Post two months before his death. He was a tenacious reporter who was unafraid of taking on hard-hitting stories.

Bailey's story about the bakery was never published. To continue his reporting, journalists from the San Francisco Bay Area formed the Chauncey Bailey Project, modeled after a similar effort in Arizona when Arizona Republic investigative reporter Don Bolles was murdered by a car bomb in 1976.

The Chauncey Bailey Project connected the bakery to several unsolved killings and uncovered sloppy police work in the investigation of Bailey’s death.

Journalists are targeted for death frequently in other countries. Murder is relatively rare in the United States.

The Newseum’s Journalists Memorial bears the names of 2,084 journalists who died while reporting the news. A separate display, opening later this month in the News Corporation News History Gallery, is devoted to the story of Bolles’s and Bailey’s murders.

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