Police in Santa Barbara, California, have reopened an investigation into the unsolved 1968 shooting deaths of a couple linked to the late founder of Your Black Muslim Bakery.

The couple were members of the same Santa Barbara mosque as the Oakland bakery’s founder, Yusuf Ali Bey. Bey died in 2003; his brother, who was the focus of the original police investigation into the killings, now lives in Oakland, California.

Police reopened the case after inquiries by The Chauncey Bailey Project, a coalition of Bay Area journalists investigating the assassination of slain Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey. Bailey was killed August 2 while investigating Your Black Muslim Bakery’s finances and internal disputes.

Police are looking for connections between the 1968 slayings and Bailey’s case.

>> Read the full article on the Chauncey Bailey Project’s website.

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Shahien joined CIR in 2008 and covers the federal judiciary. His work at CIR has been published by Truthdig, California Lawyer magazine and the Columbia Journalism Review. Previously, he worked as a researcher for ESPN and as a reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Providence Journal. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.