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Jury seated in Durham murder trial

Posted November 13, 2013

Crystal Mangum sits in a Durham County courtroom on Nov. 12, 2013, during jury selection for her murder trial.

— Twelve jurors have been selected for the murder trial of Crystal Mangum, who is charged in the April 2011 death of her boyfriend, but prosecutors and defense attorneys will return to the Durham County Courthouse on Thursday in search of two alternate jurors.

It's unclear if opening statements in the trial will begin Thursday.

Mangum, 34, is charged with stabbing Reginald Daye, 46, with a kitchen knife during an argument at his Durham apartment. He died several days later.

Mangum claims she stabbed Daye 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 made national headlines in March 2006 when she claimed that three players on the Duke University 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.

More than 30 potential jurors have been dismissed. Many indicated on a questionnaire that they felt they couldn't be impartial knowing Mangum's history with the Duke lacrosse case.

During the trial, prosecutors will be prohibited from mentioning the Duke lacrosse case, with the possible exception of challenging Mangum's credibility as a witness.


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