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Ex-handyman takes plea deal in editor's shooting death

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  • Devaughndre Broussard, 21, will be a prosecution witness at the trial of Yusuf Bey IV
  • Broussard admits to killing Oakland, California, newspaperman Chauncy Bailey
  • Prosecutors: Bailey was killed because his paper was investigating Bey's bakery
  • Bey was indicted this week on murder charges in Bailey's death, two other slayings
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(CNN) -- A former handyman has pleaded guilty in the 2007 death of California newspaper editor Chauncey Bailey after agreeing to testify against the man accused of ordering the killing, the Alameda County deputy district attorney said.

Under the plea deal reached with prosecutors, Devaughndre Broussard, 21, will be a prosecution witness at the trial of Yusuf Bey IV, owner of Your Black Muslim Bakery, where Broussard worked, Chris Lamiero said. Authorities also accuse Bey of ordering two other killings, including another allegedly committed by Broussard.

Broussard pleaded guilty Thursday in Oakland Superior Court to two counts of voluntary manslaughter, Lamiero said. He would have faced two counts of murder without the plea deal.

Prosecutors have agreed to a 25-year sentence for Broussard, who has been in custody since August 3, 2007, the deputy district attorney said. He will get credit for time served in jail.

A grand jury indicted Bey this week on three counts of murder. Bey is to be arraigned Wednesday along with Antoine Mackey, who Broussard said was with him when Bailey was killed, Lamiero said.

According to Broussard, Bey ordered him and Mackey to kill Bailey, a prominent African-American who was editor of the Oakland Post.

Broussard, who was indicted by a grand jury April 29, told prosecutors Bey wanted the 57-year-old Bailey slain to prevent him from publishing an investigative story about the bakery's finances and other issues.

In addition, Broussard's lawyer said Bey blamed Bailey for the death of Bey's father, saying he caused him stress.

Bailey was gunned down on his way to work in downtown Oakland on August 2, 2007.

Bey also ordered two other slayings, said Broussard's attorney, LeRue Grim.

Broussard said he killed Odell Roberson at Bey's request about a month before Bailey's slaying. Bey wanted Roberson killed in revenge for the 2005 killing of Bey's brother, Antar Bey, by Roberson's nephew, Broussard said.

Grim said a third man who was involved in Bailey's slaying allegedly shot and killed someone else under orders from Bey.

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