Crystal Mangum charged with murder in stabbing

She is held in Durham jail

Staff writerApril 19, 2011 

— A grand jury has indicted Crystal Mangum on a murder charge in the death of a man she was dating.

Police arriving at Mangum's 3507 Century Oaks Drive home on April 3 found Reginald Daye stabbed in the torso. She is accused of stabbing him during a domestic argument.

Daye, 46, died Wednesday at Duke Hospital, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

Mangum, the woman at the center of the Duke University lacrosse scandal five years ago, is being held in the Durham County jail.

She originally faced a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. On Monday, the grand jury upgraded that charge to murder. Her bail is set at $300,000.

Five years ago, Mangum accused members of the Duke lacrosse team of sexually assaulting her while she was working as a stripper for an escort service.

The accusations were eventually determined to be false, and the charges were dismissed by state Attorney General Roy Cooper. The controversial case, however, left a vicious aftermath of devastated careers and reputations. Many lawsuits generated by the case are pending in the courts.

Since that spring night in 2006 when Duke lacrosse players hired her to strip at a team party, Mangum has been in and out of courtrooms and social services offices.

"She can't get a job because people know who she is, and if she does get one they fire her once they figure it out," said Vincent Clark, Mangum's friend and co-author of her memoir, "The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story."

Mangum made headlines last year when Durham police charged her with felony arson, child abuse, vandalism and resisting a law-enforcement officer. In February 2010, police accused Mangum of slashing the tires of her boyfriend, Milton Walker, smashing his windshield with a vacuum cleaner and setting fire to a pile of his clothes in a bathtub while the police and her three children were in her apartment.

Mangum was convicted in that case of child abuse, vandalism and resisting an officer.

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