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Pretrial motions set to begin in journalist murder case

on November 8, 2010

Pretrial motions are set to begin as early as next week for former Your Black Muslim Bakery owner Yusuf Bey IV, 24, and bakery associate Antoine Makey.

The men are being charged with three counts of murder, including orchestrating the murder of Oakland Post reporter Chauncey Bailey, who was investigating the bakery’s finances when he was shot and killed on his way to work in August of 2007. The other counts involve the unrelated murders of Odell Roberson and Michael Wills.

The confessed killer of the three men, bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard, 24, told a grand jury last year that Bey IV ordered him to shoot Bailey to prevent the journalist from publishing the article.

The high profile nature of the case and the storm of negative media attention has prompted the defense to argue that the trial be moved out of Alameda County. The request will only be considered if efforts to find an impartial jury fail.

Jury selection is expected to start after the new year.

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