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Duke lacrosse accuser gets new lawyer in murder case

Posted September 6, 2013

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— A Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 has been appointed her third attorney to represent her in a separate murder case.

Crystal Mangum, 34, is charged in the April 2011 death of Reginald Daye, 46, who was stabbed with a kitchen knife during an argument at his Durham apartment, police said. They had been dating for about a month at the time of his death.

Daniel Meier was appointed Wednesday as Mangum's new attorney. He said he hopes to meet with her next week.

Last week, a judge allowed defense attorney Scott Holmes to withdraw from the case because of a conflict of interest through his new position as director of the Civil Litigation Clinic at the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Holmes had represented Mangum since March. Her first attorney dropped out last year, saying her supporters had suggested she was unhappy with his defense. She also has represented herself for part of the case.

Mangum gained notoriety from her March 2006 claim that three players on the Duke 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.

Her murder trial is set for Nov. 12.


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  • kckauf Sep 13, 2013

    It's time to stop identifying Magnum as the Duke lacrosse accuser. It's done and over with. Move on.

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 10, 2013

    Wish we could tabulate how much this woman has cost society.

  • Good Bye WRAL Sep 9, 2013

    Does Ms. Mangum know how to work the system, or what!? What a waste of the people's time and money. And why can't guilty people just own up to what they do? It's like a game to the criminals.

  • stymieindurham Sep 6, 2013

    "If something did happen, does anyone really think that these three boys of priviledge would actually admit to it?

    According to your veiled accusation, you must be the only person alive who still believes her LIE. Even her initial backers WILL NOT come to her aid. WOW-

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 6, 2013

    stymieindurham - "Sorry, but WE provide the FREE legal aid."

    Doesn't matter. She's still entitled to it by law.

    Don't like it, work to change the law.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 6, 2013

    "Why hasn't the NAACP or Jesse stepped up to provide her with services... afterall... the whole DUKE LAX thing came out, Jesse was the first one in line to help her out..."

    Because there's not the slightest bit of evidence that she's been so-called "wronged" by the majority.

    If there were, you can bet the Revs would be front and center, making headlines for themselves, earning their paychecks from their various establishments.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 6, 2013

    "Daniel Meier was appointed Wednesday as Mangum's new attorney."

    Lord, I feel sorry for that man.

    I wonder how many taxpayer dollars have been wasted on this woman's various legal problems, starting with the Duke LaCrosse fiasco until now.

  • unblankenbelievable Sep 6, 2013

    Why hasn't the NAACP or Jesse stepped up to provide her with services... afterall... the whole DUKE LAX thing came out, Jesse was the first one in line to help her out... providing her with a college education, good use of your money there rev...

    That's an easy question to answere. Because there is no money involved for jackson and the NAACP.

  • UPTOP Sep 6, 2013

    Trueblue: I agree with you, you definitely make a good point !

  • stymieindurham Sep 6, 2013

    "The system has to provide her legal aid regardless."

    Sorry, but WE provide the FREE legal aid.