A state appeals court has upheld the convictions of two men in the 2007 murder of an Oakland newspaper editor, ruling that the defendants received a fair trial despite a negative pretrial publicity.

The Oakland Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1yer56m) the court on Wednesday ruled Yusuf Bey IV and Antione Mackey received a fair trial in the killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey and that a jury had been rigorously screen for bias.

The defendants appealed their 2011 conviction saying their trial should have been moved out of Alameda County because of scores of newspaper and television reports about Bailey's killing. Both men were sentenced to life prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors say Bey ordered workers at his Your Black Muslim Bakery to kill Bailey to stop him from publishing a story about the bakery's financial troubles.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com