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Lawyer: Lacrosse accuser didn't file motions in murder case

Posted April 5, 2012
Updated April 10, 2012

— Three motions in a pending murder case against the Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 were filed Thursday without her knowledge or consent, her lawyer said.

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.

The motions state that Mangum isn't happy with the work of her court-appointed lawyer, Chris Shella, and that she was filing them herself with the assistance of a supporter who isn't an attorney.

A dismissal motion alleges that Mangum was defending herself against a drunken Daye when the stabbing occurred. It also alleges that the stab wound didn't kill Daye, who died more than a week later at Duke University Hospital, suggesting instead that he suffered a heart attack in the hospital and was prematurely pulled off life support.

A second motion asks that Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith remove himself from the case, citing his involvement in the Duke lacrosse case and alleging that his rulings show bias against her.

In March 2006, Mangum 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.

A third motion is seeking to move the murder case from Durham County because the extensive coverage of the Duke lacrosse case makes it impossible to find an impartial jury.

Shella said Mangum didn't authorize the motions, and the supporter filed them on his own.

The North Carolina State Bar said its Authorized Practice Committee would look into whether the man overstepped his bounds by filing the motions on Mangum's behalf.

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


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  • sparks Apr 11, 2012

    The wingnut who filed these motions is Sidney Harr, the whacko who operates the Justice4Nifong web site. He partnered up with Durham's resident racist homophobe, Victoria Peterson, to bring attention to himself. A pathetic little man with the intelligence of a light bulb.

  • Crumps Br0ther Apr 5, 2012

    This all could have been avoided if we had had not stopped the sterilizations. Rebelyell

    Easy to be a racist when you are hiding online.

    Easy to be funny too

  • itsmyownopinion Apr 5, 2012

    It's hard to believe they're wanting this trial to be moved to Canada.

  • Thought Criminal WS Apr 5, 2012

    "She needs to be free. Her work is not complete." abbynork

    What work would that be?

  • samr Apr 5, 2012

    This all could have been avoided if we had had not stopped the sterilizations.

    Easy to be a racist when you are hiding online.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Apr 5, 2012

    Lock this woman up ..I am tired of hearing about anything that she does.
    She has already attempted to ruin enough lives.
    Tell Nancy Grace..She sided with her the 1st time around.

  • determined2win Apr 5, 2012

    Oh, Crystal, Crystal, Crystal... when will you learn?

  • sjb2k1 Apr 5, 2012

    she should have been charged for what she did in the lax case. what goes around comes around.

  • sunshine1040 Apr 5, 2012

    She wanted the million dollars to and four youg men told her where to put that idea she was not getting it from them. I do not know where her children are but i sure hope they are with womeone that can teach them right from wrong.

  • dollibug Apr 5, 2012

    What comes around goes around....and I think it is her turn now....hope she gets exactly what she is due......