A jury convicted two men of first-degree murder Thursday in the slaying of journalist Chauncey Bailey, who was shot to death nearly four years ago.

OAKLAND, Calif. — A jury convicted two men of first-degree murder Thursday in the slaying of journalist Chauncey Bailey, who was shot to death nearly four years ago in an effort to cut short his investigation into the finances of a controversial business.

Yusuf Bey IV, 25, former head of Your Black Muslim Bakery, also was convicted in the murders of two other men in a spree of violence that culminated with the August 2007 shooting of Bailey, who was investigating the financial woes of Bey’s group.

Jurors also found co-defendant Antoine Mackey, 25, guilty in the murders of Bailey and Michael Wills but deadlocked on a murder charge against him in the death of Odell Roberson Jr.

Prosecutors argued that Bey ordered Bailey murdered because the Oakland Post editor had been working on a story about his organization’s finances.

Bey and Mackey face sentencing July 8.

Bey was charged with ordering the killing of Bailey, 57, as well as the slayings of Roberson, 31, and Wills, 36, in July 2007.

Material from the Los Angeles Times is included in this report.