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Duke lacrosse accuser loses another lawyer

Posted August 30, 2013

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— A Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 must get another 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.

A judge on Friday 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. A colleague represents another party in the case, he said.

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 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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  • lisaclark2 Sep 5, 2013

    What has to be done to lock this woman up already? This is so ridiculous... What is wrong with the justice system?

  • jcrew1979 Sep 3, 2013

    This girl needs serious help. Like I think divine intervention is the only possible solution for this chic.

  • 426X3 Aug 30, 2013

    Lets us not forget she went on national television to proclaim her innocence. It was 60 minutes I believe. I'll bet CBS burned those tapes.

  • Steve Mchugelarge Aug 30, 2013

    I notice the usual suspects aren't falling all over themselves to help her. Revs Jesse and Al knew she was lying, they didnt stay in NC very long to support her,. They withdrew just to see how it was all going to play out, if they were so sure they would have been down here the whole time stirring the pot, but there was no prospect of money coming in so they went in search of the next non-issue to blow up into something it wasnt.

  • wildpig777 Aug 30, 2013

    Why the constant reference to Duke? She has long since left that scandal behind her and graduated to murder. She should be referred to as Accused Murderer.

    dwntwnboy2
    August 30, 2013 2:07 p.m.
    surely you jest? duke is A PART OF THE PROBLEM.

  • Steve Mchugelarge Aug 30, 2013

    Why the constant reference to Duke? She has long since left that scandal behind her and graduated to murder. She should be referred to as Accused Murderer.
    dwntwnboy2

    Because thats how the bleeding hearts that were so sure that her story was true know her as.

  • wildpig777 Aug 30, 2013

    she claimed it and duke university believed it. to this day duke adminastration admits no guilt nor mistake in the role they played.

  • Scubagirl Aug 30, 2013

    dear god!!!!!!!!! Please use this woman's name and QUIT calling her 'the duke lacross...'!!!

  • LibertarianTechie Aug 30, 2013

    Too bad Att. Gen. Roy Cooper didn't prosecute her when he had the chance to do so for lying to the prosecutor's office, lying to his office, and libel against the whole Duke Lacrosse Team (except for the one black player on the team she stated didn't do anything to her--the only time she told the truth during the whole ordeal).

  • dwntwnboy2 Aug 30, 2013

    Why the constant reference to Duke? She has long since left that scandal behind her and graduated to murder. She should be referred to as Accused Murderer.

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