The attorney for Devaughndre Broussard said today that the former handyman at Your Black Muslin Bakery in Oakland is expected to testify before an Alameda County Grand Jury on Tuesday about the shooting death of journalist Chauncey Bailey in August 2007.Defense attorney LeRue Grim said that under the terms of a plea agreement that was reached with the Alameda County District Attorney’s office last week Broussard, 21, will admit that he killed Bailey, 57, but will testify that he was ordered to do so by bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV, 23.Grim said Broussard also will admit that he killed 31-year-old Odell Roberson Jr. on July 8, 2007, but will assert that Bey ordered that killing as well.In addition, Grim said Broussard will testify that Bey ordered another associate, Antoine Mackey, to kill a third man, 36-year-old Michael Wills, on July 12, 2007. He said Broussard will say he wasn’t involved in Wills’ death but heard Mackey and Bey talk about it immediately afterward.Broussard currently is charged with murder for Bailey’s death but isn’t charged in connection with Roberson’s death.Grim said the agreement with prosecutors calls for Broussard to plead guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter and receive a 25-year state prison sentence.Bey thus far hasn’t been charged in connection with Bailey’s death or the deaths of Roberson and Wills but he and several co defendants were arrested and charged for allegedly kidnapping and torturing two women in Oakland on May 17, 2007, in an effort to get money from them.
Bey also faces several other criminal cases throughout the Bay Area.His attorney in the kidnapping case, Anne Beles, hasn’t returned phone calls seeking comment on Broussard’s allegations.Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff and Deputy District Attorney Chris Lamiero, who is prosecuting Broussard, have also declined to comment on the case.Bailey was shot multiple times and killed early the morning of Aug. 2, 2007, as he was walking from his home near Lake Merritt to his job as editor of the Oakland Post at 405 14th St.According to Grim, Broussard will testify that Bey ordered him to kill Roberson because he was the uncle of Alfonza Phillips, who ultimately was convicted of murdering Bey’s older brother, 23-year-old Antar Bey, in a botched robbery at the Union 76 gas station at 55th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way about 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2005.
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