Shell from Murder Weapon Found in Bey IV's Bedroom

Shell from Murder Weapon Found in Bey IV's Bedroom

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A spent shotgun shell fired from the gun used to kill journalist Chauncey Bailey in 2007 and matching one left at the scene of his killing was found the bedroom of former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV the next day, a prosecutor said Monday.

Deputy District Attorney Melissa Krum made the revelation to jurors about an hour into her opening statement in the triple murder trial of Bey IV and co-defendant Antoine Mackey.

Krum said buckshot from the spent shell was fired into Bailey’s head by his confessed killer, Devaughndre Broussard. The shell matched the brand and shot load found next to Bailey’s body, she said.

The shell was found on the floor of Bey IV’s bedroom on the second floor of the former bakery when police raided it the day after Bailey was killed, she said.

Krum’s opening statement is expected to take the rest of the afternoon and carry over to Tuesday morning.

Bey IV and Mackey, a bakery member, are facing murder charges in connection with the Aug. 2, 2007, shooting death of Bailey, a Bay Area journalist, and two other men in unrelated shootings. Bailey, 57, was killed on 14th Street not far from Lake Merritt on his way to work at the Oakland Post.

Prosecutors allege Bey IV ordered the killing to stop Bailey from writing a story about financial and internal strife at the bakery, and that Mackey helped carry the slaying out.

Bey IV and Mackey, both 25, have pleaded not guilty to the charges.