Bailey Family Disappointed By Judge's Ruling

The family of Slain journalist Chauncey Bailey flew from Atlanta to Oakland Wednesday in hopes of facing the man they say was the mastermind behind the killing of their loved one only to be disappointed.

Instead of facing Yusuf Bey IV in court, they learned the judge had delayed his arraignment by a week.  Bey IV is the 23-year-old head of the now-defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery.

Bailey's sister said the family just wants the process to be complete.

"We just want justice at this point. we just want this over with and whoever was responsible for his death to pay for it," said Waqia.

Not only did Bailey's family not get to see the suspect, they also will not get to see the evidence. Today the judge sealed the grand jury transcripts of the man who admitting to shooting Bailey - Devaughndre Broussard.

Broussard is a former handyman at the bakery who had testified he carried out the slaying because he had been promised financial rewards.

Bey IV, was indicted last week in the Aug. 2, 2007, slaying of Bailey, who was working on a story about the bakery's financial woes and internal strife. He also is charged in two other slayings.

Last week, Broussard struck a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and testified before a grand jury that indicted Bey and Antoine Mackey.

Although he was charged with killing only Bailey, Broussard agreed to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter for shooting Bailey and another man, a month earlier, on orders from Bey.

Bailey, 57, was the editor of the Oakland Post, a newspaper focusing on African American issues. He died on a downtown street from multiple shotgun blasts while walking to work.

Your Black Muslim Bakery, founded almost 40 years ago by Bey's father, Yusuf Bey, became an institution in Oakland's black community. It promoted self-sufficiency and ran bakeries, a security service, a school and other businesses.

The elder Bey lost a bid for mayor in 1994, and was facing child molestation charges when he died from cancer in 2003. The bakery shut down shortly after a police raid a day after Bailey's death.

The bakery's site soon underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation to become an AIDS/HIV center.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
Contact Us