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Duke lacrosse accuser wants new lawyer on murder charge

Posted March 21, 2013

— A Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 said Thursday that she wants a new lawyer 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.

Mangum has been representing herself in the case for months after her court-appointed lawyer withdrew, saying her supporters had suggested she was unhappy with his defense.

In a brief court hearing Thursday morning, Mangum said she would like Scott Holmes to handle her defense. Prosecutors said she is entitled to a court-appointed lawyer, but she can't pick and choose.

Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson said it would be up to the trial judge to appoint a new defense lawyer.

Mangum was released last month on a $200,000 bond in advance of her July 8 trial.

She claimed in March 2006 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.

In February 2010, police arrested Mangum after an altercation between her and a different boyfriend. In that incident, she was accused of assaulting the man in front of her children and setting some of his clothes on fire.

She was later convicted of child abuse, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer in the case, but prosecutors dismissed an arson charge after a jury couldn't reach a verdict.


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  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Mar 22, 2013

    As for supporters, I know an otherwise highly educated, sensible person who still thinks that "something happened" and that she was bought off by the white establishment. Well, whatever they paid her, she obviously put it to good use.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Mar 22, 2013

    "She has destroyed more than just the soccer players lives and everyone associated with the case including the DA,the soccer coach and some of the Duke Administration."

    Not that I'm even SLIGHTLY defending her, but let's remember that the DA pretty much destroyed his own life. And since we don't hear much about the men who were accused anymore, let's not assume their lives were destroyed. Hopefully they put it behind them and moved on.

    As for her, I think it's hilarious that she has been claiming to be her own defense for some time now, but as the trial date gets closer suddenly she realizes that she needs a real attorney.

  • JMackneil Mar 22, 2013

    SURE...anything elase you want Crystal? You cost taxpayers millions of dollars and now you want and need anything. Watch the Durham court system appoint her one of the best lawyers in Durham. Wow, shes got "guts".

  • friendlyman Mar 22, 2013

    at this point her obituary in 60 years is going to start "Duke Lacrosse accuser died today..."

  • dejavu2u Mar 22, 2013

    Can we please convict Crystal Mangum of murder and move on? Geesh.

  • Sherlock Mar 22, 2013

    Let Rev. Barber, the NAACP and the Black Panthers find and pay for her lawyer. I mean, they were so quick to rush to her aid before, why not now? Because she made them all look foolish. They want nothing to do with her.

  • stymieindurham Mar 22, 2013

    Barber, Jackson, and the boys will be back when the cameras start rolling again.

  • kornfan2448 Mar 22, 2013

    Let Rev. Barber, the NAACP and the Black Panthers find and pay for her lawyer. I mean, they were so quick to rush to her aid before, why not now?

  • gingerlynn Mar 22, 2013

    People in heck want icewater too....

  • stymieindurham Mar 22, 2013

    Who put up her 200K bond? That should be public record. And, if she posted the bond, how does she qualify for an attorney that WE have to pay for???