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Police: Man confesses to killing Oakland journalist

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  • Suspect is reportedly a handyman at Your Black Muslim Bakery
  • Chauncey Bailey was said to be working on an article about the business
  • Police raided the bakery and three homes Friday
  • Police: Evidence found during raids links business to two other deaths
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OAKLAND, California (CNN) -- A 19-year-old man has confessed to killing a prominent African-American journalist, who was gunned down Thursday as he walked to work, Oakland police told CNN on Saturday.

Devaughndre Broussard told authorities he killed Chauncey Bailey, police Sgt. Tony Jones said.

Bailey, 57, was editor of the Oakland Post, an African-American newspaper.

The Oakland Tribune reported Saturday that Broussard is a handyman at Your Black Muslim Bakery, a business raided by police Friday along with three homes as part of an investigation into other crimes.

Authorities later said they found evidence linking the business to Bailey's death along with two other slayings.

The Tribune said Broussard told police he killed Bailey because he was angry about Bailey's past stories about the bakery and concerned about future articles he might be working on. Bailey reportedly was working on a story about a bankruptcy filing by the business at the time he was killed.

Police said several people were arrested on outstanding warrants during Friday's raids and two remained at large.

After an inspection, Alameda County health officials closed the bakery for unsanitary conditions, said Howard Jordan, Oakland assistant police chief.

The warrants stemmed from an investigation that began in May after a case involving kidnapping, robbery and torture in east Oakland, said Lt. Ersie Joyner, head of the Oakland police homicide unit.

"It became apparent Your Black Muslim Bakery had some involvement in the case," he said. In addition, police were able to connect two slayings in July -- both men shot and killed near the bakery -- using gun evidence.

Some weapons were found during the raids Friday, police said. Yusuf Bey IV, who controls the chain of bakeries founded by his father, Yusuf Bey, was among those detained. "We believe that he's involved to a certain degree in these homicides," Joyner said.

The investigation does not involve the Nation of Islam, another African-American Muslim group, police said, and "should not be seen as an investigation of any faith tradition."

Your Black Muslim Bakery has a history of legal troubles, according to CNN affiliate KTVU. When Yusuf Bey died in 2003, he was awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl who worked at the bakery.

Yusuf Bey's son and designated heir, Antar Bey, was shot to death as he talked on his cell phone at an Oakland gas station in October 2005. That slaying remains under investigation, KTVU said.

In November 2005, several group members, including Yusuf Bey IV, were accused of vandalism and other charges in connection with the trashing of liquor cases at convenience stores. Police said at the time that the group's religious opposition to alcohol was behind the incidents, according to media reports. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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