* Oakland Jury Acquits One Your Black Muslim Bakery Defendent and Deadlocks on Others
Published by Junior Staff Writer on February 23, 2010
A jury today acquitted one member of the now-defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland of assault charges stemming from an allegedly brutal attack in 2008 and deadlocked on charges against three other members. The four men were accused of being part of a group of as many as 12 men who allegedly beat a man at a house at 2825 Parker Ave. in Oakland on Dec. 31, 2008. But jurors, who deliberated for three days, apparently had questions about the credibility of the alleged victim, a 6-foot-6-inch, 265-pound man who has a criminal record that includes a felony conviction for knocking out a Pittsburg police officer in 1998. The alleged victim, who is now 42, claimed that he was attacked by a group of men led by Dahood Sharieef Bey, 37, who is the spiritually adopted son of the bakery’s founder, Yusuf Bey. Yusuf Bey died in 2003. The other defendants in the case are Basheer Muhammad, 57, whom prosecutors say is Dahood Bey’s lieutenant, Jibrial Muhammad and Aujwon Muhammad. Jibrial Muhammad was acquitted of all the charges against him. Jurors acquitted Aujwon Muhammad of a robbery charge but deadlocked on assault charges against him. Jurors also deadlocked on assault charges against Bey and Basheer Muhammad. In addition, jurors deadlocked on a torture charge against Bey. Jurors deadlocked 8-4 on most counts but didn’t say which way they were leaning. The three remaining defendants in the case will return to court on Monday, when the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is expected to announce whether it will prosecute them a second time. The attorneys in the case didn’t comment after the jury’s decision was announced because there’s a gag order in the case. The alleged victim, who asked that his name not be made public, was renting the house at 2825 Parker Ave. from Bey. The alleged victim testified that Bey told him that he was beaten because he had disrespected Yusuf Bey. Dahood Bey’s defense lawyer, Michael Cardoza, told jurors in his closing argument last week that the alleged victim “is a very engaging guy, to a point, but he’s also full of baloney, and that’s what makes him so dangerous.” Cardoza said of the alleged victim, “How many inconsistent statements did he make? I can’t even count them.” Alameda County Deputy Public Defender Joseph Penrod, Basheer Muhammad’s lawyer, alleged that the alleged victim “is a cunning man” who “learned he has to be the first guy at the police station” to cast the blame on others when there’s trouble. Penrod accused the alleged victim of “twisting words” to “try to make this case what it is not: a Black Muslim Bakery case.” Yusuf Bey IV, one of Yusuf Bey’s many sons, eventually took control of the bakery following the elder Bey’s death in 2003 and is awaiting a trial in May on three murder charges for allegedly ordering that Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men be killed in the summer of 2007. The bakery went bankrupt and closed later in 2007.
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