Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sex Enters Chauncey Bailey Murder Case

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Your Black Muslim Bakery CEO Yusuf Bey IV bragged that he was protected from charges in the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey because he had provided girls for sexual favors to Oakland Police Detective Derwin Longmire, the lead investigator in the case. An unnamed informant also told police that Bey IV boasted of ordering the asassination of Bailey because the Oakland Post editor was going to expose the bakery's financial problems.

The allegations of sex for protection from prosecution provide for the first time a real motive for why Longmire screwed up the murder investigation so badly. Previously, both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chauncey Bailey Project reported that likely reason was that Longmire had a long friendship with Bey IV. But that explanation never seemed like it was enough for Longmire to allow Bey IV to get away with murder. But the allegation that Longmire got girls for sex from Bey IV, if true, is a different story. The bakery had a long history of forcing young girls to have sex with older men.

Bey IV is the likely mastermind behind Bailey's killing, but to date, only bakery handyman Devaunghndre Broussard has been charged in the case. Both the Chron and the Chauncey Bailey Project also report today that Bey IV bragged of convincing Broussard to recant his confession. Bey IV allegedly did it to sow seeds of doubt in the case against Broussard. Broussard has previously said that he is innocent but that Bey IV convinced him to confess after Longmire put him and Bey IV in the same room together shortly after they were arrested. Longmire failed to tape that conversation.

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