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Lacrosse accuser's lawyer in murder case quits

Posted May 1, 2012

— The lawyer who has represented the Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 against a pending murder charge withdrew from the case Tuesday.

Crystal Mangum, 32, is charged in the death of Reginald Daye, 46, who was stabbed with a kitchen knife during an April 3, 2011, argument at his Durham apartment, police said. They had been dating for about a month at the time of his death.

Chris Shella, who was appointed to the case last year, pulled out weeks after a Mangum supporter filed motions suggesting that Mangum wasn't happy with Shella's work.

The motions sought a dismissal of the murder charge, the removal of the Superior Court judge hearing the case and that any trial not be held in Durham County.

Supporters held a news conference Tuesday reiterating their call for the charges against Mangum to be dropped.

Mangum is being held in the Durham County jail under a $200,000 bond.

In March 2006, she claimed three white players on the 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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  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah May 1, 2012

    clickhere..i so agree

  • Uhavenoclu May 1, 2012

    GOD is not, “the big man in the sky,” with gray beard who lives in some beautiful part above the earth called “heaven,” where people go when they die. Nor is God a stern, angry judge, waiting for the chance to punish people who failed to live a perfect life here on earth.
    God is Spirit, the invisible life and intelligence underlying all physical things, the creative energy that is the cause of all visible reality. There is only one God in the universe, only
    one source of all the different forms of life or intelligence that we see: animals, plants,
    human beings, water, and even rocks.
    God is love. We cannot see love, nor even comprehend what love is, except as love in action. All the love in the universe is God.

  • clickhere May 1, 2012

    the woman is not worth a comment . .

  • westernwake1 May 1, 2012

    We can only hope that the system puts Crystal Mangum in jail for long period of time for this murder so she does not get out to commit more crime or cause more trouble in the community.

  • mojo nailing rb May 1, 2012

    she deserves to spend along time in jail and she will

  • Uhavenoclu May 1, 2012

    How many $MILLIONS$ and $MILLIONS$ of dollars has this womman cost the hard working over taxed citizens of North Carolina....???? It's WAY WAY past time to put her out of our misery....!!!!!!

    Now tell me has what she did with the Dook peeps and this case actually affected you?,,do you go around your home all sullen and work complaining how much money she has cost you?..ahhhh poor baby,another who thinks the whole world revolves around them.
    Well go down to the court next time and complain and tell her how upset you are because maybe 1 or 2 dollars of your money hgas gone out in taxes.
    THAT IS WHAT TAXES WERE MADE FOR TO TRY PEOPLE IN COURT,GET OFF THE COST,THIS COUNTRY VOTED FOR TAXES AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM,IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT..N KOREA AND CUBA WILL BE HAPPY FOR YOU TO BECOME A CITIZEN.
    Enjoy what you have instead of crying over others you'll be in better health...money money money...ha ha ha ha ..materialistic worshippers.

  • warbirdlover May 1, 2012

    Sow The Wind and You Will Reap The Whirlwind

  • SmokeWagon May 1, 2012

    How many $MILLIONS$ and $MILLIONS$ of dollars has this womman cost the hard working over taxed citizens of North Carolina....???? It's WAY WAY past time to put her out of our misery....!!!!!!

  • timmystrickland May 1, 2012

    I know the Durham District Attorney will not drop these charges, neither will the State Attorney Generals office

  • abbynork May 1, 2012

    Mr. Daye, nice guy, but not a good judge of character.

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