Closing arguments are over in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial in Oakland, and the fate of defendants Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey are now in the jury's hands.
The slaying of Bailey, who was the editor-in-chief of The Oakland Post, and the arrest and trial of Bey and Mackey for his murder present a complicated tangle of events for anyone trying to catch up and make sense of the story. So we went back to basics with journalist Thomas Peele of The Chauncey Bailey Project, a coalition of local journalists who came together to investigate Bailey's killing and to continue his work. (A look at the project's Key Players in the Chauncey Bailey slaying will also help you get your bearings.)
In interviews with KQED's Erika Kelly and with me, Peele answered some fundamental questions about the case. Bailey was killed in 2007 while reportedly working on a story about the alleged criminal activities of the organization that ran the Your Black Muslim Bakeries, a local chain of bakeries promoted by owner Yusuf Bey as a model of economic self-reliance in the African-American community.
Police arrested Devaughndre Broussard, a former bakery worker, for murdering Bailey with a shotgun in downtown Oakland. Broussard initially confessed, saying that he'd acted alone, only to later recant and claim he and bakery associate Antoine Mackey had been ordered to kill Bailey at the behest of Yusuf Bey IV, the son of the late Yusuf Bey.