Attorney says Broussard is 'innocent'
in Chauncey Bailey homicide
By Jeff Shuttleworth
August 16, 2007
The attorney for the man accused of murdering journalist Chauncey
Bailey two weeks ago claimed today that his client is innocent
and was ordered by a Your Black Muslim Bakery associate, in the
presence of Oakland police, to take the fall for the shooting
After a brief court hearing for DeVaughndre Broussard, 19, a
handyman at the bakery, defense attorney LeRue Grimm told reporters
he was "astonished" when Broussard told him in a jailhouse
interview Wednesday night that police were present when another
bakery associate told him to take the blame for the shooting.
Grimm, who officially entered the case today, said Broussard
"could be completely innocent" based on the limited
information he has on the case at this time.
Grimm said he knows the name of the person whom Broussard says
ordered him to take the fall but declined to identify anyone.
Grimm said Broussard "feels betrayed" by his bakery
associates and he's concerned about his client's safety in jail,
where he's being held without bail.
Oakland police spokesman Roland Holmgren wasn't immediately available
to respond to Grimm's comment.
Bailey, 57, was shot multiple times on 14th Street near Alice
Street shortly before 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 2 as he was walking from
his home near Lake Merritt to his job as editor of the Oakland
Post several blocks away at 405 14th St.
Oakland police say Broussard told them that he murdered Bailey
because he didn't like stories Bailey had written and researched
about the bakery.
Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan said the day after the shooting
incident that police believe bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV, 21, was
involved in some fashion.
But Bey hasn't been charged and Broussard is the only defendant
in the case.
However, Bey is in custody without bail on kidnapping and real
estate fraud charges.
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