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Offline flowers

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Crystal Mangum found guilty of 2nd-degree murder
« on: November 22, 2013, 01:07:31 PM »
DURHAM Crystal Mangum was found guilty of second degree murder Friday in the death her boyfriend, Reginald Daye.

Mangum was sentenced to between 14 years, two months and 18 years in prison.

In a quick-moving trial, jurors deliberated over four options: first-degree murder, guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of voluntary manslaughter or not guilty.

That Mangum stabbed boyfriend Daye, 46, on April 3, 2011, was never in question.

She admitted during the eight-day trial that she “poked” Daye with a knife in the side of the chest with a steak knife at his apartment, but she claimed she did it in self-defense while he was straddling her and trying to choke her.

Daye told investigators that Mangum stabbed him during the argument after she “disrespected” him by bringing other men to his house.

Both said that sometime during their fight, Mangum went into the bathroom and locked the door and that Daye broke the door down and grabbed her by the hair. Mangum said he dragged her out of the bathroom by the hair and that she stabbed him shortly after that.

Daye told an investigator that Mangum stabbed him as he was standing in the hallway turning to leave and the bathroom incident occurred earlier in their fight.

During closing arguments, defense attorney Daniel Meier told jurors they had to be absolutely sure of their verdict.

If they have any doubt, they must find her not guilty, he said.

Assistant District Attorney Charlene Franks told the jurors the evidence did not back up Mangum’s story.

There was blood on the floor in the hallway, not in the master bedroom where Mangum said she stabbed Daye, Franks said.

“It did not happen the way the defendant said it happened. No, not at all,” Franks said.

During their deliberations, the jury sent out a note asking for the picture of the floor plan of the apartment that Franks used in her closing argument. They also asked for all the photographs of the crime scene, which showed knives scattered throughout the apartment and blood drops in various places.

Mangum is known as the woman who falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of raping her in 2006. She told police the players hired her to perform as a stripper at their party and that they raped her in the bathroom. Evidence collected during the investigation did not match her story, and the charges against the players were dismissed, but not before the accusations became a national media story.

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Offline rustynail

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Re: Crystal Mangum found guilty of 2nd-degree murder
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2013, 01:19:48 PM »
She's in a better place.

Offline happyg

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Re: Crystal Mangum found guilty of 2nd-degree murder
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2013, 01:33:01 PM »
It's too bad her boyfriend wasn't white. Al, Jesse and even the president would have come to her rescue.

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