Gun linked to slaying stolen in 2005

Oct. 6, 2007 at 10:31 PM
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OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The gun that killed a California newspaper editor allegedly was stolen in a liquor store burglary linked to the Black Muslim group blamed for the slaying.

The shotgun disappeared two years ago when a liquor store in West Oakland was vandalized after the owner had a run in with members of Your Black Muslim Bakery, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. Now, investigators believe it was the weapon used to kill Chauncey Bailey, editor of the Oakland Post and one of California’s most prominent black newspapermen.

While the burglary of the New York Liquor Store was caught by a security camera, Assistant Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said that there was not enough evidence at the time to search YBM’s premises.

Devaughndre Broussard, an 18-year-old who worked as a handyman at the bakery, has admitted killing Bailey. His lawyer says that he was convinced to confess by Yusuf Bey, a YBM leader.

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