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Duke lacrosse accuser granted bond in boyfriend's death

Posted May 11, 2011

— The Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 was granted bond Wednesday on a murder charge stemming from her boyfriend's stabbing death.

Police said that Crystal Mangum, 32, stabbed Reginald Daye, 46, in the torso with a kitchen knife during an April 3 argument at his apartment on Century Oaks Drive. Daye died 10 days later.

On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood granted Mangum a $500,000 secured bond. If she meets the bond and is released from jail, she will be placed under house arrest and monitored electronically.

Defense attorney Chris Shella sought a $100,000 bond, saying that Mangum is sick and that prosecutors haven't said with certainty that Mangum's actions caused Daye's death.

"My client has been involved with some controversy in Durham, but she’s never left," Shella said.

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.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that electronic monitoring wasn't effective for Mangum in the 2010 case, but Hobgood said Mangum was entitled to a bond.

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.

His aunt, Sandra Wilson, said she believes Mangum should be held without bond.


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  • HEAFIE200 May 12, 2011

    Oh, one more thing - stop WRAL, ABC, Herald-Sun, News-Observer...with "The Duke Lacrosse Accuser" headlines, we know who she is - call her by name, no need to remind everyone over and over and over again.

  • HEAFIE200 May 12, 2011

    Let's see...timeline for Crystal Mangum. Early years (teenage) she accused 3 men of assaulting her in Granville Co. (I believe that was the County), then changed her story, charges were dropped. So, between her teenage years and 2006 - no telling what she did, BUT, in 2006 she got her name remembered by all - she accused the Duke Lacrosse players of the EXACT same thing she accused 3 men of in Granville Co, a few years before. Of course charges were dropped, AGAIN. 2010 - assaulted her boyfriend, set his clothes on fire, got out of jail, and she finally did what I figured she would eventually do - she killed someone - really people - lock her up, throw away the key. Enough is enough, she ruined 3 young mens lives, now she has killed a person who was trying to "help her get on her feet" - SHE IS PATHETIC - JACKIE WAGSTAFF AND CREW NEED TO MOVE ON TO THEIR NEXT PET PROJECT, COMPLAINT, OR WHAT NOT. Crystal Mangum is a LOST CAUSE.

  • texastransplant May 12, 2011

    I don't get this. Someone please explain to me how a habitual criminal and liar, with multiple infractions since day one after being given a second chance to redeem herself, is being allowed a bail.

  • chevybelair57sd May 12, 2011

    Lets go by her name only and relegate her to the status she has earned, habitual offender, and lock her up, maybe her kids will have a chance then.

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  • Ladybug May 11, 2011

    The Judge needs his head examined. She murdered someone and doesn't deserve bond. Of course, I don't think she has anyone that will pay up! Let's all hope so. She is evil, lies and now she has killed someone that was trying to help her!

  • mrh2008 May 11, 2011

    that girl should be in jail....before she strikes again....

  • Tax Man May 11, 2011

    That bond is way low - she needs to pay in about $10 million to be released. She will likely kill someone else if she is out on bond. Crazy person with no conscience. A real menace to society. Perhaps the death penalty would be appropriate here and save us a lot of grief!

  • prn13norm May 11, 2011

    Has the Justice system lost their minds?

  • doovinator May 11, 2011

    This is disgusting. She should never, EVER, see anything outside of four concrete walls again.