Crystal Mangum's attorney says murder trial on schedule

CorrespondentNovember 7, 2013 

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Crystal Gail Mangum

CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

— After a hastily called meeting with a prosecutor and a judge Thursday, Crystal Magnum's attorney said it's full-steam ahead to begin jury selection Tuesday.

Daniel Meier was called to the meeting Thursday afternoon with Assistant District Attorney Charlene Franks and Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway to discuss Magnum’s murder trial in the death of her live-in boyfriend, Reginald Daye, in April 2010.

Following the meeting Meier said that he planned to go forward but didn’t rule out filing for a continuance later if he sees a problem with Magnum receiving a fair trial.

Meier, Franks and Ridgeway discussed the investigation of Clay Nichols, who conducted Daye’s autopsy for the N.C. Medical Examiner's Office, Meier said. He declined to discuss the details of the discussion, but on Wednesday it was revealed that:

• Nichols is under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation.

• Nichols has been removed from his position as deputy medical examiner.

Meier said he didn’t see any reason at this time why Nichols would not be able to testify during Magnum’s trial.

During pretrial motions Wednesday, Meier indicated that Magnum may claim she was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of Daye and was defending herself when she allegedly stabbed him.

One of Magnum’s supporters claims Daye died because of a medical mistake at Duke Hospital and not from the stab wound. Meier said causation of death could be an issue during the trial, but he declined to give any more details about his defense strategy.

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