Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Jurors to see video mocking Bailey's death

Thomas Peele of the Bay Area News Group reports that a judge ruled Tuesday that large portions of a secretly recorded police video on which former Your Black Muslim leader Yusuf Bey IV laughed about the 2007 killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey can be shown to jurors.

The Alameda County Superior Court jury in Bey IV and co-defendant Antoine Mackey's triple murder trial could see the video as early as Wednesday, after other witnesses testify in the case.

Judge Thomas Reardon ruled that the probative nature of Bey IV's comments outweighed any unfair prejudices they may give jurors.

On the tape, Bey IV laughs about Bailey's Aug. 2, 2007, killing and imitates the effect of shotgun wounds the 57-year-old reporter suffered. "Pow, pow, poof!" Bey IV said, throwing his head back, rolling his eyes upward and breaking into laughter.

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