DURHAM, N.C. — Crystal Mangum, who made national headlines in 2006 for falsely accusing three Duke University lacrosse players of rape, was found guilty Nov. 22 of second-degree murder.
Mangum stabbed her boyfriend, Reginald Daye, with a kitchen knife in 2011 during an argument. Daye, 46, died 10 days later from complications due to the wound. Magnum claimed self-defense for stabbing Daye. She stated that he dragged her by her hair and threatened to pour hot water on her face and make it so no man would want her.
Mangum stated the argument was about her flirting with other men.
Before dying, Daye admitted to dragging Mangum by her hair, but insisted he was attempting to get away when she stabbed him.
Mangum was sentenced to 14 years and two months in prison, with a maximum of 18 years.
Daye’s cousin Tracey Daye-Wilson was relieved by the verdict, saying: “We are just so overwhelmed. I thank God the jury made the correct decision, and we are just very happy.”
In 2006, Magnum claimed she was gang-raped by a group of Duke lacrosse players at a party where she was hired as a stripper. The case made national headlines when the former Duke lacrosse coach was fired and the remainder of the games for the season were canceled by the University. Prosecutors later dismissed the charges against the lacrosse players.
The “Lacrosse Prosecutor,” Mike Nifong, resigned as Durham County district attorney, was disbarred, was found guilty of criminal contempt and lost a civil suit brought by the falsely accused lacrosse players. Nifong eventually filed for bankruptcy. Nifong was disbarred “for more than two dozen violations of the state’s rules of professional conduct during his prosecution of the lacrosse case,” according to WRAL.
Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III sentenced Nifong to one day in jail. Smith said Nifong “willfully made false statements” to the court when he said that he gave all results from a critical DNA test to the lacrosse player’s defense team.
Mangum will be eligible for parole when she is 49 years old.
Editor’s Note: The US~Observer has been successful in winning well more than 4,000 cases to-date. A great majority of our criminal cases were created by corrupt or incompetent cops lying or repeating lies on their official police reports and/or by vindictive, conscious-less prosecutors acting as if they are above the law. These vile prosecutors withhold exculpatory evidence from defense teams representing innocent defendants, and they lie and turn away from truth and fact.
Former Durham County, N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong was one such prosecutor. The US~Observer investigated and published stories on the Duke Lacrosse false prosecution as it occurred in 2006. Nifong got exactly what he deserved, just as Crystal Mangum finally got what she deserved. They both tried to destroy an innocent group of Duke University lacrosse players. Mangum is in prison, and Nifong has been disbarred and disgraced. This is complete vindication at its best.