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Duke lacrosse accuser out of jail

Posted May 17, 2010

— A Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University athletes of raping her was released from jail Monday afternoon on charges in an unrelated case.

Crystal Mangum was arrested in February and charged with attempted first-degree murder, five counts of arson, assault and battery, communicating threats, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, injury to personal property, identity theft and resisting a public officer.

Police said she assaulted her boyfriend, Milton Walker, set his clothes on fire in a bathtub and threatened to stab him.

Bond was initially set at $1 million, but it was subsequently lowered to $250,000. On Thursday, it was cut again to $100,000.

Mangum is on house arrest and prohibited from contacting Walker – conditions of her release.

While a student at North Carolina Central University in 2006, Mangum worked as an exotic dancer and she performed at the now-infamous party for Duke lacrosse team members. She claimed three white players trapped her inside a bathroom and raped and sexually assaulted her.

The three players were indicted on rape and other charges on the basis of her allegations, but they were eventually exonerated after North Carolina's attorney general dismissed the charges.


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  • jaecee452 May 19, 2010

    this case has nothing to do with the good "ole" boys from Duke so why mention them. Who cares about Duke's Lacrosse.

    Brassy-she did not receive 3 months for attempted murder. She was in jail for 3 months until she got a bail reduction and was able to post bond..Please read the story before jumping to conclustion and making incorrect assumptions.

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  • Lickad May 17, 2010

    Welcome to Durham!

  • Eduardo1 May 17, 2010

    high profile case, and you let her fly out. This is my only post on the report. but I had some additional thoughts the attempted murder alone, should have been over 100K, 5 counts of arson at least another 100k, battery another 100k

  • Eduardo1 May 17, 2010

    high profile case, and you let her fly out

  • prn13norm May 17, 2010

    Lock'em up. Let'em go!

  • brassy May 17, 2010

    Three months for attempted murder?