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DA drops former Duke lacrosse accuser's arson case

Posted January 20, 2011

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— Durham County prosecutors have dismissed an arson charge against the woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006.

A mistrial was declared last month after a jury deadlocked on whether Crystal Mangum was guilty of arson in a February 2010 domestic dispute. Prosecutors have decided not to retry the case.

Jurors found Mangum guilty of three counts of child abuse, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer in the case. She was sentenced to 88 days in jail, which she had already served while awaiting trial.

Police said Mangum assaulted her boyfriend on Feb. 18 and set some of his clothes on fire. Mangum maintained that the pair had an argument and that he hit her, prompting one of her three children to call 911.


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  • carter Jan 21, 2011

    why is it necessary to reference the Duke trial in this story? Just give the information about the story at hand.

  • amazedasIgaize Jan 21, 2011

    Crystal if you read this - girl get yourself together, get out of Durham and try to do some good in this world.

  • amazedasIgaize Jan 21, 2011

    Surely not the last durham law enforcement will hear of Crystal Mangum.

  • antb Jan 21, 2011

    I still wonder why the boyfriend wasn't charged with anything. The police were called by her kids because he was assaulting her. They thought she was going to die.

    The charges were soooo bogus from the beginning. How do you justify charging someone with attempted murder for saying "I will stab you". I do hope she gets her life together. She'll never get treated fairly here...she needs to move.

  • Scubagirl Jan 21, 2011

    I certainly hope, but doubt, that this is the last we hear of/from her!!!!!!

  • itsmyownopinion Jan 21, 2011

    How long is this young woman going to be running the DA's office?

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  • Faceman Jan 20, 2011

    3 counts of child abuse and other charges..and gets 88 days?? Who is she dancing for now??

  • howdiditgettothis Jan 20, 2011

    Enough with this pariah!

  • Commen Jan 20, 2011

    Did the “Rainbow Coalition” every pay for her college education? If so, what was her major?