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Bond maintained for lacrosse accuser on murder charge

Posted March 9, 2012

— The Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 will remain in jail while awaiting trial for murder.

Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith maintained Crystal Mangum's bond at $200,000 on Friday, declining a defense request to cut it in half.

Mangum, 32, is charged in the death of Reginald Daye, who was stabbed with a kitchen knife during an April 3 argument at his Durham apartment, police said.

Defense attorney Chris Shella told Smith that Mangum has been in jail for 11 months, and her family and friends could put together $100,000 for a bond to get her out.

”This is a case where there are two people alone in an apartment. No one sees what happens. My client is alleging self-defense,” Shella said.

Assistant Durham County District Attorney Charlene Coggins-Franks said authorities prefer Mangum not be allowed any bond, given her prior criminal history.

"She does have a history of domestic violence, your honor. She does have an assault history,” Coggins-Franks said.

Mangum was convicted in December 2010 on several charges stemming from a domestic dispute with a former boyfriend.

Daye, 46, and Mangum had been dating for about a month at the time of his death, but his family members said they weren't a couple. They said Daye was only trying to help Mangum get back on her feet and had provided her a place to stay.

In March 2006, Mangum claimed three white 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 state officials later declared the players innocent, saying there was no credible evidence against them.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 9, 2012

    Crystal wouldn't know the truth if it punched her in the nose.

    She should already be in prison for falsely accusing the Duke Lacrosse players of rape.

  • samr Mar 9, 2012

    If Roy Cooper had stepped up and charged her for filing the false police report and if the Durham DA had held her accountable for her previous assualt by demanding jail time, then Mr. Daye would likely be alive right now.

  • Scubagirl Mar 9, 2012

    "I still believe she was right , when she first accused those blue "devils"of rape. She was a poor black girl bucking the system. This is no different than the case in new york with the african lady and the imf guy from france. The lesson from this , is dont put yourself in that position. The media is attempting to smear and set her up. America paint the Indians as bad guys.......

    you simply CANNOT BE SERIOUS!!! Have you been living under a rock for the last few years? She's a liar, drunk, and now murderer. You like her? Let her come live with you-maybe she won't knife you \o/

  • Six String Mar 9, 2012

    Methinks twannrock is living under a rock. The only injustice done was by Crystal when she lied. I know it's hard to believe, but every now and then people will lie if it suits their purpose, and I expect she was eventually going after a sweet settlement rom rich parents to drop all charges.

  • Six String Mar 9, 2012

    I couldn't agree more with Computer Trainer's comment. It is a shame that the media continues to keep those Duke players in the spotlight. Her name is Crystal Mangum, and since this is under "local news" I doubt anyone here, let alone in the country, does not recognize the name -- if they care at all. Unfortunately, the obituary of all of those players will read "one of the Duke lacross players accused of rape, etc." They are being forced to carry this all their lives, at least WRAL could ease up a little.

  • computer trainer Mar 9, 2012

    You know what, she has a NAME! Let's try using it, instead of dragging DUKE through the mud again. COME ON!! This is just crazy. I doubt that there is ANYONE in NC, and maybe not in the South East that is not aware of this liar.

  • pm2 Mar 9, 2012

    ONLY 200k for MURDER!!!

  • Ambygirl Mar 9, 2012

    Tell you want twannrock, you bail her out and let her live with you. Let's see how long you make it without getting killed or maimed. Go ahead now, YOU take care of her.....

  • Nancy Mar 9, 2012

    She has a loooong history, and it's not pretty. She needs to stay in jail, she's a danger to society.

  • nonemeant Mar 9, 2012

    When you dance to the music, you must pay the piper.