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Thursday
Apr142011

Duke Rape Accuser Crystal Mangum May Face Murder Charges

Jupiterimages/Comstock/Thinkstock(DURHAM, N.C.) -- Crystal Mangum, the woman who claimed three Duke lacrosse players raped her five years ago, could soon be facing murder charges after the man she's accused of stabbing has died.

Mangum, 32, allegedly stabbed live-in boyfriend Reginald Daye, 46, during an April 3 argument. According to Durham, N.C., police, Mangum stabbed him in the torso with a kitchen knife. He was taken to Duke University Hospital and treated for serious injuries. Daye died Wednesday evening, according to police.

"More than likely, we will be upgrading the charge to murder," Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr. told The Herald Sun of Durham Wednesday.


During a 911 call, a man requesting an ambulance to the residence said Mangum was the attacker. "I told him she was trouble from the very beginning," the man said.

A man who said he was the victim's cousin told ABC affiliate WTVD that Mangum and the victim had a brief relationship.

"I mean he was excited," the man said. "He was like, 'Man, guess who I'm dating now.' He was excited, but I told him, 'Man, you know her background. Be careful.'"

Mangum is currently being held in jail on a $300,000 bond and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

In February 2010, Mangum was arrested and charged with attempted murder, arson and child abuse after an argument with Milton Walker, then her boyfriend. According to police, she attacked Walker and set his clothes on fire in the bathtub while three children were present. She also allegedly told Walker "I'm going to stab you [expletive]!" in front of officers.

She was found guilty in December of three counts of child abuse, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer. She was sentenced to 88 days in jail, which she had already served while awaiting trial. The felony arson charge was dismissed.

In 2006, Mangum accused three Duke lacrosse players of raping her at an off-campus party. She and another dancer had been paid to perform for the team. Her story was eventually found to be false and a year later charges against the players were dropped.

In 2008, she graduated from college with a degree in police psychology and released a memoir titled, That Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story.

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Tuesday
Apr052011

Woman Who Falsely Accused Duke Lacrosse Players of Rape Charged in Stabbing

Photodisc/ThinkStock(DURHAM, N.C.) -- Crystal Mangum, the woman who falsely accused several Duke University lacrosse team players of rape five years ago, is being held on a $300,000 bond for allegedly stabbing her live-in boyfriend repeatedly Sunday during a heated argument.

Mangum, 32, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, officers responded to a stabbing at a home in Durham, N.C. A 47-year-old man said he had been stabbed in the chest. The man who called 911 for an ambulance identified Mangum as the attacker.

"I told him she was trouble from the very beginning," the caller said, according to a tape of the 911 call. Police have not identified the victim. He suffered serious injuries and was being treated at Duke University Hospital.

A man who claims he's the victim's cousin told an ABC affiliate in Durham that Mangum and the victim had a brief relationship.

"I mean he was excited," the man said. "He was like, 'Man, guess who I'm dating now.' He was excited, but I told him, 'Man, you know her background. Be careful.'"

Last February, Mangum was arrested and charged with attempted murder, arson and child abuse after a domestic dispute with a previous boyfriend. Police said she assaulted her 33-year-old boyfriend in front of her children, threw his clothing into a bathtub and lit them on fire.

Mangum was found guilty last December of three counts of child abuse, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer. She was sentenced to 88 days in jail, which she had already served while awaiting trial. The felony arson charge was dismissed.

Mangum made national headlines in March 2006, when the then-North Carolina Central University student claimed three Duke lacrosse players sexually assaulted her during a dance performance at a team party in a house near the Duke campus. The team members had paid for her and another exotic dancer to entertain team players.

A year later, Attorney General Roy Cooper dropped all charges, saying there was no credible evidence and that the three former players were victims of a rush to accuse.

Mangum went into hiding, then graduated from NCCU in 2008 with a degree in police psychology. Later that year she released a memoir, The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story.

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