An Alameda County judge has denied a request by accused murderers Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey to move the trial out of the County, as the Oakland Tribune is now reporting. Bey and Mackey are standing trial for the 2007 murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey, who was at the time investigating the finances of Your Black Muslim Bakery, as well as for the murders of two other men, Odell Roberson and Michael Willis.
As a pretrial hearing already revealed, Willis, a 33-year-old white man, was killed while walking on the street for reasons of "racial animus." Bey and Mackey were allegedly sitting in a car discussing the Zebra Killers (who randomly murdered white people in S.F. in the 70s to avenge historical lynchings of blacks), when they saw Willis walking down the street. Bey pulled the car over, Mackey got out, and reportedly shot and killed Willis in a spontaneous nod to the Zebra Murders.
The trial has been delayed several times, and Bey's original attorney, Lorna Brown, quit the case last year amid allegations that she passed notes from the imprisoned Bey to other family members and a witness in the case, Gary Popoff.