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Duke lacrosse accuser's boyfriend dies after stabbing

Posted April 13, 2011
Updated April 14, 2011

— Family members of a man who was stabbed in his home April 3 say he died Wednesday evening. Crystal Mangum, the Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006, has been charged with assaulting him.

Durham police confirmed Thursday morning that Reginald Daye, 46, had died.

"The case remains under investigation, and we do anticipate upgrading the charges. However, no new charges have been filed at this time," police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said in an e-mail to WRAL News.

Police said Mangum, 32, stabbed Daye in the torso with a kitchen knife during a dispute at 3507 Century Oaks Drive early on April 3.

Daye was taken to Duke University Hospital, and Mangum was arrested in a nearby apartment.

A man who said he was Daye's nephew called 911 to report the stabbing, saying it occurred while Daye and his girlfriend were arguing about rent money. The caller said police came to the apartment complex earlier while the couple argued, but the stabbing occurred after the officers left.

When asked for a description of the girlfriend, the caller said, "It's Crystal Mangum. THE Crystal Mangum."

He then added, "I told him she was trouble from the beginning."

Mangum was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and was being held in the Durham County jail on a $300,000 bond.

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.

Former Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong was later disbarred for withholding DNA evidence from defense attorneys in the case.

The three lacrosse players and some of their former teammates are suing Nifong and a police investigator, claiming their rights were violated during the case.

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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  • jrfergerson Apr 15, 2011

    Does this really matter - the main thing is are they gonna charge her with murder or not - she stabbed this man several times and has not been charged so far for it- what is the justice system afraid of

  • whitelin6 Apr 15, 2011

    Signing out - You PEOPLE are TOO FUNNY!!! Sorry, I don't have anymore time to spend with Race Haters!!! Enough of my valuable time has been shared!!! Crystal Mangum regardless of the outcome everyone is not ignorant of the facts!!! STAY STRONG!

  • jaypowen Apr 15, 2011

    I wish the writer of this story would use Crystal Mangum in the headline instead of the Duke lacrosse accuser. The public, at least locally [golo, go local, talk local], knows her name and history. Whether she murdered or was a defending herself, she killed someone and to continue to undermine Duke is getting old.

  • invicta1 Apr 14, 2011

    @wildcat......The title of this article is appropriate. The readers do not know who Crystal Mangum is but they sure know about the liar that tried to ruin the lives of three young men from Duke University. The Duke incident should follow her for life. She equated the Duke students with being rich and thought she had an easy payday. And by the way, Nifong got exactly what he deserved with the exception of some jail time.

  • seriouslyrevoked Apr 14, 2011

    This my 4th attempt criticizing liberal society that created this whole mess. I have tried to ask if isn't the gender,diversity, poverty industry that allowed such a person to get such outrages charges even listened to. The coach is gone, Nifong disbarred, DPD disgraced, 50 Duke professors letter charging Duke is essentially a racist institution etc etc. So isn't this the real story??

  • brian21 Apr 14, 2011

    She would look good in jail.

  • wildcat Apr 14, 2011

    The title referring to the Duke players should not have been. I believe Ms. Magnum can stand on her own. The title should have been Crystal Mangum's boyfriend DIED. Lets leave the Duke out of this for this case do not concern them. Not unless they were guilty in the first place is why you continue to bring it up.

  • tab580642 Apr 14, 2011

    Truth Time, since I don't know anything about the law please enlighten us all since you obviously think you do. If she is charged with murder it will be because of who she is and her past. Like I said, all it takes is for a neighbor to say that they heard threats or if she has any signs of being assaulted and out the window goes the murder charge that you and many others desire.

  • tab580642 Apr 14, 2011

    skane2, "what is wrong with you." It's funny how you are complaining about folks not thinking that she shouldn't have to take responsibility for her actions all while you and so many others have convicted her of murder already with such a minimal amount of facts. Is it your opinion that even if she were defending herself she should be given the death penalty or is it your opinion that she should be given the death penalty because she falsely accused the lacrosse players? Did you not read that they had been arguing?? And during those arguments is it not a possibility that threats were made by one or the other or both?? I can tell you right now if I'm arguing with someone and they threaten me I'm going to go into a higher level of defense mode and if that person approaches me I'm not waiting to see if they are just come closer so that they can MAYBE shout loud enough to drown my voice out. Bottomline is that you don't know what happened to lead-up to the stabbing.

  • h3ardita11b4 Apr 14, 2011

    not for nothing BUT with all the bible thumping that goes on in this state, i'm really surprised at all the judgement passing. if that's what they're preaching in church nowadays, i think i'll just rather stay a heathen. :)