Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey have both been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murders in the Chauncey Bailey case. Bey IV was sentenced to three consecutive life terms, Mackey to two.
In June, a jury convicted Bey IV of ordering Bailey’s murder because Bailey was writing a story about internal strife at Your Muslim Bakery, a community organization once headed by Bey’s father that had become embroiled in criminal activity. The jury also found that Bey IV had ordered Antoine Mackey to kill Michael Wills and ordered DeVaughndre Broussard, who testified for the prosecution in the case as part of a plea deal, to kill Odell Roberson, a homeless man. Broussard was given a 25-year sentence in August.
After Bailey’s murder, a group of journalists came together as The Chauncey Bailey Project to investigate and report on the case.
Check here for updates on the story from Thomas Peele of The Chauncey Bailey Project.
KQED reporter Caitlin Esch was at the sentencing today and filed these reports:
Audio: Report from Caitlin Esch: Bey IV still maintains his innocence: :http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2011/08/eschbailey1.mp3|titles=eschbailey1Audio: Mackey looks directly at family victims during their statements, Bey IV never turned around :http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2011/08/eschbailey2.mp3|titles=eschbailey2See also:
- Explaining The Chauncey Bailey Murder Case, From the Beginning (News Fix)
- History of Yusuf Bey, and Your Black Muslim Bakery: