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Man's death will likely add to Duke lacrosse accuser's charges

Posted April 14, 2011

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— More charges are likely against the Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 after her boyfriend died following a recent stabbing, police said Thursday.

Crystal Mangum, 32, was charged last week with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Her court-appointed attorney, Woody Vann, said Thursday that she would plead not guilty to the charge.

Reginald Daye, 46, died late Wednesday from injuries he suffered in an April 3 stabbing in his apartment, at 3507 Century Oaks Drive. Police said Daye was stabbed in the torso with a kitchen knife during an argument.

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.

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."

Daye and Mangum had been dating for about a month, but they weren't a couple, his aunt, Marie Ettson, said Thursday. She described Daye as a gentleman who worked as a painter, enjoyed fishing and believed in second chances.

Ettson said Daye was trying to help Mangum get back on her feet, and she said she is praying for Mangum.

"I hate what she did, but I don't hate her," Ettson said.

Mangum was being held in the Durham County jail on a $300,000 bond.

"(This is) a tragic situation all the way around," said Jackie Wagstaff, a former member of the Durham City Council and the Durham County Board of Education and a long-time supporter of Mangum.

Crystal Mangum in court Man's death will likely add to Duke lacrosse accuser's charges

"My heart goes out to the family of (Daye)," Wagstaff said, adding that she worries that Mangum will be tried based on her past. "Her fate has been sealed in the court of public opinion because of Duke lacrosse."

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.

"I just want people to wait and don’t jump to any conclusions. There are always two sides to the story,” Vincent Clark, who wrote a book with Mangum about her experience in the lacrosse case, said Thursday after hearing of Daye's death.

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 convicted in December 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.

Jury forewoman Shauna Mitchell said Thursday that she and her fellow jurors followed the law in determining there wasn't enough evidence to convict Mangum of arson, which was the most serious charge in the case.

"I think that it’s very unfortunate that it happened," Mitchell said of Daye's death. "It still doesn’t change the verdict we came up with."

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  • The2ruthHurts Apr 18, 2011

    I know hind-sight is 20/20, but what if she had been charged with filing a false report against those Duke players? And what if she had gotten the maximum sentence in all her other scrapes with the law (especially after she had a few of them). Would this man still be alive?

    If the police had gone a charges her, the media and the black activists would have crucified the department for doing so. And since it is better to look better in front of the masses than it is to do what needs to be done-Durham PD let it go.

    And no, this guy would have been dead regardless. This incident was a ticking time bomb.

  • Six String Apr 18, 2011

    The guy who sold "gluten-free" bread was guilty of fraud and got 11 years; the doctor who got drunk, knew he was drunk, and went of driving 80 mph and killed someone got three years. I have some concerns about the justice of that. I wonder what Crystal will get?

  • com_mon_sents Apr 15, 2011

    HMMM...another day at the N&O and they STILL have the comment section on their article closed LOL....I just don't understand what and why people at that paper protect this woman..it just amazes me.

  • mkg1047 Apr 15, 2011

    It is time to make her accountable for her actions. How many times does she get a break? Now a man is dead and people are still showing her support. The lacrosse case is getting old and she still has custody of her children?? Help me understand!!!

  • whitelin6 Apr 15, 2011

    texastransplant?

    I am not going to touch that one. I am truly having fun today.

  • texastransplant Apr 15, 2011

    scripper?

  • bacchianm Apr 15, 2011

    Only if they refer to the Duke Lacross Team by thier true name Duke Lacross "Stripper Seekers"! They are just as GUILTY!!! Don't fool yourself into thinking just because the media posted it. It is True... One article got it right... "They had the MONEY to make their Lie SEEM true. If she could afford it her outcome would be much different. It is not proven that she lied only that MONEY can buy silence and persuade a verdict in your favor!

    burningconfusion2-*** "I think they should call her the "stripper" Kind of sounds like "jack the ripper" but its a bit more exotic!" Now that just made me laugh out loud!!
    whitelin6

    Umm, you guys love fairy tales and that is creating them. The accused lacrosse players DNA wasnt anywhere on her body, clothing, etc. One of them wasnt even there when the event took place. So if you have evidence that supports your charges then you need to come forward and report it, or you could be charged with witholding evidence.

  • bacchianm Apr 15, 2011

    to:whitelin6, you obviously want to believe in a fairy tale. That WOMAN WHO INTENTIONALLY FALSELY ACCUSED THE DUKE LACROSSE PLAYERS because they were male, white and from moneyed families is a very sick woman and is dangerous to men in general. She needs o be charged with murder, convicted and either given treatment but definately needs to be locked away.

  • dfendrjimray Apr 15, 2011

    whitelin6 - your logic is as impeccable as your English. If you are in possession of information that would indict those players, and you have not relayed that information to Roy Cooper, you are an accessory after the fact. Please let Roy know what you know - this is of the utmost importance.

  • whitelin6 Apr 15, 2011

    Only if they refer to the Duke Lacross Team by thier true name Duke Lacross "Stripper Seekers"! They are just as GUILTY!!! Don't fool yourself into thinking just because the media posted it. It is True... One article got it right... "They had the MONEY to make their Lie SEEM true. If she could afford it her outcome would be much different. It is not proven that she lied only that MONEY can buy silence and persuade a verdict in your favor!

    burningconfusion2-*** "I think they should call her the "stripper" Kind of sounds like "jack the ripper" but its a bit more exotic!" Now that just made me laugh out loud!!

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