OAKLAND -- Jurors in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial watched a 62-minute, secretly recorded police video Wednesday of former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV laughing about bloodshed, plotting how to escape charges in criminal cases and threatening to sanction killings.
Before the showing, defense lawyers again wrangled with Alameda County Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon, attempting to limit how much jurors would see of the video.
Bey IV's co-defendant, Antoine Mackey, was not part of the recording and his lawyer, Gary Sirbu, convinced Reardon to admonish jurors that they could consider the video against Mackey only in the sense of how Bey IV ordered others to do his bidding.
Reardon placed no restriction on how jurors can consider the evidence against Bey IV, who is facing triple-murder charges along with Mackey in connection with Bailey's death and the deaths of two other men in summer 2007.
The video was secretly made by police as Bey IV and two of his followers, Tamon Halfin and Joshua Bey, as waited in a San Leandro Police Department interrogation room after their arrest on an unrelated torture and kidnapping case.
Jurors followed on transcripts as the video played on a large screen television about 25 feet in front of them. A few looked up at the screen and occasionally grimaced, but otherwise didn't react.
Bey IV, his head bowed, read a transcript as he was shown on the screen laughing about Bailey's death. The then 21-year-old says, "Pow, pow, poof!" and throws his head back to mimic the fatal shotgun blasts bakery follower Devaughndre Broussard confessed to firing at Bailey on Aug. 2, 2007.
Broussard testified that Bey IV ordered Bailey killed to stop him from writing about the bakery's troubled finances in the Oakland Post. Broussard also said Bey IV ordered him to kill another man, Odell Roberson, and that Mackey helped him with both slayings. Mackey is also accused of killing a third man, Michael Wills, also on Bey IV's order.
Bey IV and Mackey, both 25, have pleaded not guilty; they face life in prison without parole if convicted. Broussard is to receive a 25-year sentence for testifying against them.
Prosecutor Melissa Krum contended the video shows Bey IV's "enormous ego" and a consciousness of guilt in both the Bailey murder and the kidnapping and torture case. Reardon is letting her argue facts from the latter to show Bey IV's desperation to save the bakery from bankruptcy and the willingness of followers to follow his orders.
On the video, Bey IV:
Lawyers spent most of Tuesday afternoon with Reardon arguing over what could be shown to jurors and what should be cut from the original recording, which was more than two hours long.
They agreed to cut repeated references to a 2005 vehicular assault case against Bey IV in San Francisco, and a few references to Mackey, who was referred to as "Ali" on the tape.
But Krum fought hard to keep much of the recording before the jury.
When Bey's lawyer, Gene Peretti, tried to strike his client's comments about Bailey being "stuff up," she said to Reardon, "Stuffed up with what? Lead? Formaldehyde?"
Reardon agreed the remark could remain.
Later in the day, a woman who said she was romantically involved with Bey IV took the stand. Sheavon Williams, 26, told a grand jury two years ago that Bey IV asked her to watch a television report of Bailey's death a few hours after it happened and told her "that will teach them to (expletive) with us."
Krum had begun to question Williams about that remark when court ended for the day.
Earlier Wednesday, an expert in devices that enable police to track vehicles through global positioning systems, showed jurors reports generated from one of his company's products that police hid under Bey IV's Dodge Charger in summer 2007.
Data from the device showed the car traveled routes that Broussard described in his testimony.
The data showed the car was parked outside Bailey's apartment less than seven hours before he was gunned down, that it was driven past the shooting scene about 45 minutes after the killing, and that it was parked at Lake Merritt for about 20 minutes and eventually driven to the Emeryville Marina, where Broussard testified he, Bey IV and Mackey talked about the shooting.