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Duke lacrosse accuser's murder trial could be delayed

Posted November 6, 2013
Updated November 7, 2013

Crystal Mangum listens to pre-trial motions in her murder trial on Nov. 6, 2013.

— An attorney for Crystal Mangum, who is charged in the 2011 death of her boyfriend, said Thursday he hopes to delay the trial.

Mangum's trial is scheduled to begin next week with jury selection on Tuesday. Her attorney plans to file a motion to continue so they can challenge the medical examiner's report and conclusions.

The State Bureau of Investigation has opened a review of  Dr. Clay Nichols, the state‚Äôs deputy chief medical examiner, related to work he did on another case. Mangum's lawyers may be trying to leverage that.

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. She claims she stabbed him in self defense and alleges it was a case of domestic violence.

The couple had been dating for about a month at the time of his death.

Mangum is most known for 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. 


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  • gnewsome1 Nov 7, 2013

    "She is one of the best con-artists I've ever seen" I totally agree with that Ambygirl. And I would add that she has had a considerable amount of practice.

  • 678devilish Nov 7, 2013

    She kill this man trying to defend herself. She did have that right. What did the man do to her? She has had many problems and issues. Pray for her and I will do the same.

  • sunshine1040 Nov 7, 2013

    Revoke her bail and start her trial she has had more then enough time to prepare for trial. She should start paying for her crime now and stop wasting my money

  • Ambygirl Nov 7, 2013

    superman, she is a brilliant manipulative liar. She is one of the best con-artists I've ever seen. And we all know the criminal has more rights than the victims in our court system today. She is working it for all it's worth.

  • landonsgrampa Nov 7, 2013

    This chick should be exiled to the Bermuda Triangle.....YES....I know it is nothing but water.

  • superman Nov 7, 2013

    Dont understand how that woman continues to get special treatment.