A former member of Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland testified today in the triple murder trial of former bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV that he thinks the bakery did a lot of good for the community.
Dahood Bey, testifying as a prosecution witness, said he continued working at the bakery after Yusuf Bey IV's brother Antar Bey was killed in 2005 because he wanted to make sure it kept operating.
"It was the foundation of our people and provided food, clothing and shelter for our people," Bey said.
Bey said he's not a blood brother of Yusuf Bey IV or Antar Bey but that Antar Bey gave him permission to use the Bey name after he promised to "work hard and submit to Allah" and "obey the laws of God."
Bey testified that he joined other bakery members in firing shots at a car owned by a man named Cameron Cook in 2006 but he claimed that he didn't remember who gave him the orders to participate in the crime or know why the shooting was carried out.
"I figured I would do what I had to do and ask questions later," he said.
He said he participated in the shooting because "we had a mission to go on" and he wanted to be a loyal bakery member.
Bey hedged when prosecutor Melissa Krum asked if he had said in a previous statement to authorities that Yusuf Bey IV had ordered him to participate in the shooting.
Dahood Bey said Yusuf IV didn't tell him personally but he figured that because Yusuf IV owned the bakery he probably had ordered the shooting.
In her opening statement in the trial of Yusuf Bey IV and bakery associate Antoine Mackey, both 25, Krum said Bey IV ordered Cook's car to be shot up because he'd had a feud with Cook. No one was injured in the shooting, but Cook's car was badly damaged.
Dahood Bey said he fired all of the bullets in his shotgun because, "If I'm going to do a mission, I get it done."
Yusuf Bey IV and Mackey are charged in connection with the murders of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men in Oakland in the summer of 2007.
Bey also is charged in connection with the shooting of Cook's car.