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Duke lacrosse accuser charged in boyfriend's death

Posted April 18, 2011

— A Durham County grand jury on Monday indicted the Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 on a murder charge in connection with a fatal stabbing two weeks ago.

Crystal Mangum, 32, was initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in the April 3 stabbing. The victim, Reginald Daye, 46, died last Wednesday from his injuries.

The stabbing occurred in Daye's apartment, at 3507 Century Oaks Drive. Police said he 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 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.

Mangum 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.

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.

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  • h3ardita11b4 Apr 21, 6:56 p.m.

    BREAKING NEWS: CPD is investigating...TRANSLATION - she ain't guilty!

  • Dagn Apr 19, 6:07 p.m.

    Hey wildcat, I'm gonna pray for her. Pray for her to go to prison. HA!

  • texastransplant Apr 19, 1:56 p.m.

    They said Daye was only trying to help Mangum get back on her feet and had provided her a place to stay.

    THIS IS PRETTY SAD. SHE WAS GIVEN SUCH A GREAT OPPORTUNITY SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO CHANGE HER WAYS (BY NOT BEING CHARGED IN THE LACROSS CASE) AND THIS GENTLEMAN TRIED TO HELP ALSO. SO SAD THAT SHE HAS TOSSED ALL THIS ASIDE. SHE NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE NOW. NO MORE CHANCES, I THINK THAT WE'VE ABOUT ALL HAD ENOUGH.

  • dfendrjimray Apr 19, 10:20 a.m.

    Those who defend Crystal Gail Mangum do so out of loyalty.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Apr 19, 9:56 a.m.

    If False accusations of rape (twice), endangering children, trying to killing an officer, assaulting her last BF, stealing a car & now stabbing/murdering her new BF don't convince you that this woman is a danger to others, then you have your head in the sand.
    Her conduct in the past year alone was building up to this. Unlike Brad Cooper who has no pattern of criminal behavior, this woman is guilty...

  • westernwake1 Apr 19, 9:29 a.m.

    So wildcat it's perfectly acceptable for Crystal Mangum to stab, burn, and assault her boyfriends when they are having an argument about rent or any other subject. In what warped dimension of reality was she "protecting herself"?

    Anyone who steps up to defend Crystal Mangum at this point should seek professional help.

  • kikinc Apr 19, 9:18 a.m.

    Protect herself from what? An argument about rent? I think she has a couple screws loose.

  • seu183 Apr 19, 8:10 a.m.

    IT"S ABOUT TIME! This piece of work needs to go. Have fun on Bragg street Crystal!

  • Smiling Apr 18, 7:40 p.m.

    wildcat - Women have the right to protect themselves, not murder....leave the situation and stay away! Rediculous that people defend her when she is clearly so wrong!

  • wildcat Apr 18, 7:36 p.m.

    What I don't understand is why some people are defending her. citygirl76

    WE HAVE THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO PROTECT HER IF WE CHOOSE TOO. WHEN A MAN DO APPROACH YOU IN THE WRONG WAY, DO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEFEND YOURSELF? AS USUAL YOU ARE ALL CHAT.

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