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Families of accused killer, victim scuffle at Durham courthouse

Posted July 19, 2011
Updated July 27, 2011

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— The family of a Durham man charged with killing his wife late Sunday and her family scuffled outside a Durham courtroom Tuesday morning.

Kenya Domon Mangum, 29, was indicted Monday on a murder charge in the stabbing death of Amanda Mangum, 23.

Police said Kenya Mangum attacked his wife in the parking lot of a KFC/Taco Bell at 1804 S. Miami Blvd. late Sunday and then drove off in a van with three of the couple's four children, ages 8, 4 and 2.

"We tried to tell her to get away, but it's easier said than done when you are a woman in fear with four children. It's hard," said Wendy Rigsbee, who lives with Amanda Mangum's brother, Robert Magruder.

Magruder said the family knew his sister was having problems with Kenya Mangum but didn't know the extent of the alleged abuse until after her death.

"All of her friends tried to get her to go to a women's shelter, but she wouldn't go," he said.

Amanda Mangum began dating Kenya Mangum when she was 13, her family said. She took out a restraining order against him in December 2007, but it expired after a year, according to Durham County court records.

Upon hearing her family discuss abuse allegations Tuesday morning, Kenya Mangum's relatives became upset, and a confrontation occurred in the Durham County Courthouse.

"Y'all are wrong," one man shouted at Amanda Mangum's family as deputies moved in to separate the two sides.

Rigsbee said Amanda Mangum showed up to her home on Sunday.

"She wanted a ride to go get the kids. The cops were there," Rigsbee said.

Families of accused killer, victim scuffle at Durham courthouse Families of accused killer, victim scuffle at Durham courthouse

Amanda Mangum then went to a friend's house,  and Kenya Mangum showed up at Rigsbee's home a short time later looking for his wife, Rigsbee said.

Neighbors said that they heard the couple arguing Sunday night and saw Amanda Mangum leaving the house at 1820 S. Miami Blvd. Her husband followed her in their van with the children inside, the neighbors said.

They said they were unsure what the argument was about but noted that Amanda Mangum was holding an envelope and asked Kenya Mangum to give her the van so she could take the children somewhere.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office was called to the Mangum home at about 8 p.m. Sunday, but no one was home when a deputy arrived. The deputy then saw a woman later identified as Amanda Mangum walking along U.S. Highway 70, and he stopped to check on her, authorities said.

The sheriff's office has declined to provide more information about that encounter for fear of jeopardizing the investigation of Amanda Mangum's death.

Police found the couple's children unharmed when they arrested Kenya Mangum, and they have all been put in the custody of family members.

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  • gingerlynn Jul 20, 2011

    RebelYell55 - I agree 100%
    And yesterday everyone was harping on me for asking why the family allowed a 13 year old to date a 19 year old convicted sex offender. Answer THEY DID NOT CARE.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 20, 2011

    Poor woman sounds like she didn't have much of a family. Now they are there too late. With a family like that she sure didn't need any enemies.

  • MikeTysonsPunchOut Jul 20, 2011

    LADIES.
    If you're with a man like this, or a man who is in any way TRULY abusive, GET OUT NOW. Go somewhere - anywhere. It will be the best decision you will have ever made. If he tries to use your kids as a bargaining chip against you, get out, and once you're safe, call the police and have them check on the kids. Get his behind thrown in jail and take the kids and LEAVE.

  • mad_dash Jul 20, 2011

    Keepin_it_Reel_in_NC.."She took out a restraining order against him in December 2007"And she has a 4 and 2 year old with this guy. Nope I dont feel sorry for her at all... My thoughts exactly... sounds like she had PLENTY of time to get away from him.

  • WritNEWlaws Jul 20, 2011

    I can't believe a family would allow a 13yr old girl to date this man at 19. If she did it behind their back and became pregnant, they should have charged him with rape.

  • gingerlynn Jul 20, 2011

    An article in the herald sun quoted the sister as saying the killer wouldn't go to the hospital when their first child was born for fear of being arrested for statuatory rape. WHERE WAS THE FAMILY THEN. They should have had him charged and arrested and convicted!

  • jmignatz Jul 20, 2011

    There is too much domestic abuse going on , Praying for her family and may the law toughing up .

  • uniquesholonda Jul 19, 2011

    Hi Everyone

    I went to school with Amanda and she was a very nice kind hearted, soft type of girl that would not even raise her voice. If nobody who left a comment has never been in a domestic violence situation you have no idea. You have to play sweet and pretend everything is okay so your children can be safe. Now that does not mean do not seek help because you have to. In Amanda's case she married the devil. I use to see them at the village, which is a shopping center and he would manipulate the hell out of her. I could not hold a conversation with her or tell her that her children were beautiful because of the vibe between the two. I pray that Amanda's family take good care of the kids.

    So what she was only 23 with four kids. Our great grands had 10 by the time they were 23. Amanda was married and thought her life would be perfect with her husband and children, instead he had other things on his mind. No matter what she did or said, she did not deserve to die. Later!

  • OpenM1nd Jul 19, 2011

    "Amanda Mangum began dating Kenya Mangum when she was 13" and if my math is correct, she had their first child when she was only 15! So sad -- so young and naive.

  • turkeydance Jul 19, 2011

    and you just know, next month, WRAL will post
    another story almost exactly like this.

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