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Test ordered to see if lacrosse accuser competent for murder trial

Posted September 28, 2011

— A judge has ordered that the Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if she is competent to stand trial on a murder charge.

Crystal Mangum, 32, is charged in the April death of Reginald Daye. Her attorneys requested the evaluation last week.

Daye, 46, was stabbed with a kitchen knife during an April 3 argument at his Durham apartment, police said.

Daye and Mangum had been dating for about a month at the time of his death, 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.

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.

Last December, she was convicted on several charges stemming from a domestic dispute with a former boyfriend.


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  • wdclark Sep 28, 2011

    " gingerlynn" I agree, if she had been put in jail, way back, when she accused the first three boys of raping her,we would'nt have three boys sueing the bejesus out of Duke, City of Durham, Nifong,and all others that took part in her lies, we wouldn't have a new word to describe being railroaded, shanghi'ed, and a lot more I can't use here, that word being" NIFONGED", AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THE DEATH OF AN INNOCENT MAN.I wonder if someone could put a figure on how much this girl has cost Duke university, the city of Durham, and us the taxpayers in the last five years.We probably could keep those three deaf and blind schools open forever!

  • twc Sep 28, 2011

    I once read her described as "such a beautiful young woman". Am I missing something?

  • wdclark Sep 28, 2011

    Why does she have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation? Really?
    I don't recall her undergoing a psychiatric evaluation when she accused the lacross players. I remember one D.A. believeing every word that rolled out of her mouth. Believed her so much he ruined his whole career, and his reputation because I guess she was so competent. I guess we really, really want to make sure she is competent before we try her in a court of law. What is it about this girl? Lives are constantly being ruined, some even being terminated, and she still is costing us, the taxpayers, money by having to undergo a psychiatric evaluation
    We could all save time and money if we all would raise our voices, and scream at the top of our lungs, DO COMPETENT,SANE PEOPLE ACT THIS WAY?

  • Mark Hayes Sep 28, 2011

    We keep giving these type the benefit of doubt only to have them return each time to their criminal ways and each time another family has lost a loved one at the hands of these people,when they do not pay for their crimes we pay for their release,just look at statistics of the number of repeat offenders several just this week in our own area made the Local News,all had previous criminal records yet are back on the street,we need to find a cheaper way to keep these people locked up,many of these have no fear of prison since they get amenities,drugs, and life on the inside is a vacation,strip down the cell to a cot and commode,that would serve as a reminder and work better than rehabilitation,I mean it is prison.

  • Pseudonym Sep 28, 2011

    Wow, only 15 comments on this? I guess she's been abandoned by her "friends" on GOLO.

  • Kingfish Sep 28, 2011

    You've got to be kidding me!!! She was competent enough for the Durham DA's office to wrongly accuse several boys and attempt to ruin their lives, so I think she's good to go for a death row verdict on this murder she committed!!!!!!

  • gingerlynn Sep 28, 2011

    If she had gone to jail for any number of her other charges, THIS MAN WOULD BE ALIVE!

  • airbornemonty Sep 28, 2011

    I have said it before and I will say it again, this is an extremely dangerous woman and is a danger to every man that may come in contact with her.

    She will be convicted and found guilty and spend a few years in prison. She will then be released with time off for good behavior. The good behavior comes because she won't have any contact with men.

    But just as sure as I'm typing this comment, once she is out of prison and around men, the cycle will begin again....

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Sep 28, 2011

    Death penalty please.

  • working for deadbeats Sep 28, 2011

    The hearts that bleed for this woman just amaze me. This guy would be alive if they had properly charge/convicted her after the Duke mess. The justice fails again.