Prosecution rests in murder case against Crystal Mangum

CorrespondentNovember 19, 2013 

— The prosecution rested its case against Crystal Mangum on Tuesday afternoon after showing the jury an hourlong video of Mangum sitting and sometimes sleeping in an interview room at the Durham Police Department.

Mangum’s attorney, Daniel Meier, then made a motion to dismiss, saying the state had not proved the elements of first- or second-degree murder or of the two larceny charges against her.

Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway denied them all.

Witnesses for Mangum are expected to begin testifying Wednesday morning.

Mangum is standing trial for murder in the death of her boyfriend, Reginald Daye, 46. Mangum stabbed Daye in the chest on April 3, 2011, during a violent fight at Daye’s apartment at the Country Scene Apartments.

Daye died 10 days later on April 13 at Duke Hospital after he fell into a coma on April 6.

Mangum is charged with two counts of larceny on allegations that she took two money orders from Daye totaling $700.

Mangum’s defense is that she was acting in self-defense when she stabbed Daye and that Daye had previously given her the two money orders and that she did not steal them.

Hospital interview

On Tuesday morning, Marianne Bond, a domestic violence investigator for the Durham Police Department, testified she interviewed Daye twice while he was at Duke Hospital.

“He said she grabbed knives and came at him three or four times,” Bond said.

“He said they were arguing about Ms. Mangum being disrespectful and letting other men or males come in the house,” Bond said.

Daye admitted he kicked the bathroom door down while Mangum was inside with the door locked, Bond said. He believed Mangum was calling for someone to pick her up and that he dragged her out by the hair, Bond said.

He told Bond he wasn’t trying to keep Mangum from leaving but was trying to calm her down when he grabbed her.

Daye told Bond that sometimes Mangum went on dates with men and came back with $200 to $300 and that he didn’t want her to go out that night, Bond said.

Daye said he went into the bedroom, and Mangum went to the kitchen and grabbed a knife and began swinging at him, Bond said.

Mangum began acting crazy, repeatedly screaming, “You don’t put your hands on me,” Bond said Daye told her.

Daye also told Bond about the two money orders he had previously given Mangum to hold, she said. They totaled $700 and were made out to the apartment complex to pay his rent. Mangum would not return them to him, Bond told the jury.

Daye said he was in the hallway and turning to leave the apartment when Mangum came at him and stabbed him.

Earlier in the trial, crime scene technicians showed photographs of knives and broken knives scattered throughout the house.

Cause of death

Clay Nichols, who was then the deputy medical examiner at the state medical examiner’s office, took the stand Tuesday morning and said Daye’s cause of death was a result of complications of a stab wound to his chest.

Under questioning by Mangum’s attorney, Meier, Nichols said Daye could have survived the stabbing if he hadn’t gotten an infection.

Nichols said the knife wound in Daye’s chest pierced his lung, diaphragm, colon, stomach and left kidney. The knife also damaged the spleen, but a surgeon had already removed it, Nichols said.

In arguing for the murder charges to be dismissed, outside the presence of the jury, Meier said the state did not show that Mangum acted with malice, deliberation and premeditation, which are the elements of first-degree murder.

The judge told the jury members that they will likely begin deliberating on Friday after closing statements.

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