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Lacrosse accuser's murder trial set for July

Posted January 24, 2013

— The Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 will go on trial in July in connection with another man's death.

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.

Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson set a July 8 trial date for the case and denied Mangum's request to reduce her $200,000 bond and place her under house arrest on electronic monitoring until the trial.

Mangum, who is representing herself in the case, 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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  • westernwake1 Jan 25, 10:36 a.m.

    "Its unfair to her as well since there was some criminal activity going on with the lacross players she has a name and it is not former lacrosse accuser!" - zile1porkey

    And the winner of today's absurd comment is above. Please explain what criminal activity was going on with the lacrosse players? What an absurd accusation! The lacrosse players are the victims of Mangum's lying. She should have been prosecuted for her false claims.

    Let's hear some evidence to back up your assertion that the lacrosse players were involved in criminal activity. You have none. I thought so.

  • LibertarianTechie Jan 25, 10:31 a.m.

    @zile1porkey, what is worse, having racial comments yelled at you, or being accused of rape? Being accused of rape is worse being you are guilty until proven innocent in the eyes of the press.

  • zile1porkey Jan 25, 9:38 a.m.

    Its unfair to her as well since there was some criminal activity going on with the lacross players she has a name and it is not former lacrosse accuser! WRAL reporter get a new look on stories because this headline has been old.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jan 25, 9:17 a.m.

    And I'm with Uhavenoclu. I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall when that trial goes down. Nobody loves a good joke better than me

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jan 25, 9:16 a.m.

    I think it's pretty unfair to the Duke lacrosse players that the media keeps referring to this waste of space as "lacrosse accuser". She has a name, and the accused have lives that I would bet are being led in a productive manner. We all know Crystal Mangum, by her name alone. Let it go.

  • wildpig777 Jan 25, 8:25 a.m.

    duke u should be put on trial for thier presecution of the duke 3 the lacrosse team and the coach. if those 3 boys have been plain ole reguluar college kids from nc -- they'd be in prison for the next 30 yrs-- thats the justice we have in nc.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 25, 8:17 a.m.

    So she is representing herself huh? I hope Wral and others are allowed to film the trial for this will be a full blown comedy,get more ratings around here then the other moonshining buck wild Amish mafia fake reality shows.

  • Milkman Jan 24, 8:45 p.m.

    If she'd have been given hard time on any of her previous crimes or convictions then that poor man would be alive today as she would have been in prison. Kinda sad that she's representing herself because then she'll have grounds for appeal for inadequate representation. Well, with any luck she'll get put away for a long time for this murder.

  • Scubagirl Jan 24, 6:03 p.m.

    This murderer is CRYSTAL MAGNUM NOT lacrosse accuser. I, and apparently many others, are so sick of WRAL and others using that instead of her name! We ALL know what she did so don't need your help

  • mojridingrb Jan 24, 5:59 p.m.

    I wonder how much dancing Grace is doing in jail.

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