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Lacrosse accuser to represent herself in murder trial

Posted October 18, 2012

— The Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 can represent herself against a murder charge in a separate case, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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 Jim Hardin said Mangum could act as her own attorney because she disagreed with how defense attorney Woody Vann was handling the case. Hardin then appointed Vann to assist Mangum.

Mangum remains in the Durham County jail under a $200,000 bond.

In March 2006, she claimed three 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.

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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  • LibertarianTechie Oct 19, 2012

    @Rabbitdog, nice. That he did do.

  • OleNCNative Oct 19, 2012

    I can't wait until they put her away for good. I'm so sick of hearing her name.

  • writetanisha Oct 19, 2012

    I hope it turns out well for her, because her name in its self she will always be guilty! smh

  • Ms.Manda Oct 19, 2012

    At least she finally gets to use that free college education she was "rewarded" with.

  • dwntwnboy Oct 19, 2012

    I'm no lawyer, but I can't think this will end well for her.

  • NCHighlander Oct 19, 2012

    "Pitiful..I "ain't no" psychologist but I'd think I would be close if I said maybe there is some mental illness going on with this woman..Now SHE want to present her case before the Court on her own..how insane can that be?"

    A former Durham District Attorney thought she was so competent and intelligent that he staked his career and the national embarrassment of his city on her.

  • davido Oct 19, 2012

    Surely, lacrosse is to blame here.

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  • bubbba Oct 18, 2012

    Well she will finally get the time she deserves even though the Judge is requiring her public defender to be in court with her.
    Sorry she messed her life up.

  • LibertarianTechie Oct 18, 2012

    @Proud Young Grandma, she will not be able to do that. I would not trust her nor would I not get within a 10 foot pole's distance of her. However, the judge thinks that she is sane enough to represent herself in court