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Defense: Slain man dragged Mangum by hair, held her down

Posted November 14, 2013

— Crystal Mangum stabbed her boyfriend two years ago after he dragged her out of the bathroom in their Durham apartment during an argument and held her down to stop her from calling police, a defense attorney said Thursday.

Mangum is charged with murder in the April 3, 2011, stabbing of Reginald Daye. He died 10 days later of complications at Duke University Hospital.

Mangum, 34, and Daye, 46, had been dating for about a month.

She maintains the stabbing was a case of self-defense, and Daniel Meier, her attorney, told jurors in his opening statement that Daye wouldn't let her leave the apartment during a heated argument.

Meier said witnesses will testify that Daye told them he locked the apartment door to block her exit and held Mangum down until she calmed down. When she tried to hide in the bathroom, he kicked the door in, dragged her out by her hair and again held her down, thinking she was trying to call the police for help, Meier told the seven-man, five-woman jury.

Mangum then stabbed Daye once in the side with a kitchen knife, according to Meier.

Daye's nephew, Carlos Wilson, testified that Daye showed up at his apartment a short time later and told him Mangum had stabbed him. Wilson said he called 911 and used a towel to stanch the bleeding until paramedics arrived.

"He was gasping for air. He was scared," Wilson testified. "I tried to calm him down."

In the 911 call, which was played in court Thursday afternoon, Wilson told the dispatcher that "THE Crystal Mangum" had stabbed his uncle, adding "I told him she was trouble from the very beginning."

Mangum made national headlines in March 2006 when she claimed that three players on the Duke University lacrosse team trapped her inside a bathroom at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., where she was performing as a stripper at a team party, and raped and sexually assaulted her.

Her story about the incident was so inconsistent that Attorney General Roy Cooper later declared the players innocent, saying there was no credible evidence against them.

Prosecutors are prohibited from mentioning the Duke lacrosse case during the trial, with the possible exception of challenging Mangum's credibility as a witness.

Daye met Mangum while serving jury duty during her December 2010 trial in a domestic case involving a previous boyfriend, Wilson testified before Meier objected to jurors hearing that information.

Carlos Wilson and Hasan Wilson, Daye's cousin, said they never saw Daye and Mangum arguing. Hasan Wilson said the couple was flirting in the back seat when he drove them home from a family party a few hours before the stabbing.

"Reggie was more of a lover than a fighter," Carlos Wilson said. "The relationships that he was in prior, he was the abused and they (other girlfriends) were the abusers. We used to joke a lot about women beating him up."

Several Durham police officers testified Thursday afternoon that they found Daye back in his apartment, where a knife was broken off in a sofa cushion. Carlos Wilson told one investigator that Daye told him he and Mangum had argued over rent money and that Mangum left with some cash after the stabbing.

Officers found Mangum at a nearby house, where one said she appeared to be intoxicated and was trying to sleep.

The recordings of three other 911 calls in the case were played for jurors including one from Mangum – she hung up after telling a dispatcher, "A guy was beating me up, and I stabbed him" – and one from her son. Mangum wept in court as jurors heard the child say, "My mom was trying to defend herself."

James Williams, a former Durham County detention officer, testified that Mangum also called him that night. The two had become friends while she was in jail earlier, he said.

"She was crying hysterically, and she called and said that her boyfriend jumped on her, and she stabbed him to get him off of her," Williams said. "I panicked myself hearing the news. ... I told her she needs to go back to the scene and call 911 to get help."

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  • A person Nov 15, 11:41 a.m.

    Doesn't everyone keep their cutlery behind the toilet???

  • dollibug Nov 15, 10:36 a.m.

    How can anyone believe anything this person claims? I hope she gets what she deserves.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 15, 10:03 a.m.

    With no witness (unless the kid did see it), it'll be a hard one, but the one item so far is why was the knife stuck into the sofa and broken off? That does not sound like something someone just defending themselves would do after the fact.

  • PJM Nov 15, 9:25 a.m.

    Can you say Ratchet!...When is she ever going to take accountability for everything she has done! Come on justice system!

  • scubagirl2 Nov 15, 9:24 a.m.

    This sorry excuse for a person is so very lucky they are trying to give her a 'fair' trial.....she deserves nothing less than to spend quite a bit of time in prison....perhaps a murder conviction will get her that! Long time coming......

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Nov 15, 8:42 a.m.

    Lady..I do not believe one word you have said except.....
    "I woke up this morning"...and I could say more...but I will refrain..

  • Six String Nov 15, 8:07 a.m.

    ""How did she happen to have a knife on her while in the bathroom?"

    Not trying to defend her, but it did say that he dragged her OUT of the bathroom."

    Exactly. He dragged her out and pinned her down, so I was wondering where the knife came from? The story leaves out that important detail.

  • westernwake1 Nov 14, 5:41 p.m.

    So a man with no history of violence, who is described as peaceful by everyone who has known him for years - supposedly dragged Magnum out of the bathroom by the hair and held her down.

    I'm not buying! After the Duke Lacrosse case it is obvious that Magnum has no credibility or integrity. As noted in the article, nobody ever saw Daye arguing with her much less ever be violent with her.

    Of course, as outlined by the article, Mangum was found by the police at a nearby house, where one said she appeared to be intoxicated.

    Once again, Magnum's story about the incident is inconsistent with the evidence. She needs to be locked up for a long time in prison for murder.

  • OpenM1nd Nov 14, 5:40 p.m.

    Who keeps a kitchen knife in the bathroom or near a sofa?

  • ConservativeVoter Nov 14, 4:58 p.m.

    Question her again tomorrow and the day after and you will get a different story each day.

    This lady has no credibility after the Duke Lacrossee mess.

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