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Crystal Gail Mangum (pictured), 32, was arrested on April 3, 2011, for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend, Reginald Daye, 46. According to police spokesperson Kammie Michael, officers responded to a call about a stabbing at 3:15 a.m. and found the victim with multiple chest wounds. He was admitted to Duke University Hospital in serious condition. Michaels told the media that police found Mangum nearby and that the couple had apparently been arguing when the attack occurred. Mangum was arrested and held on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, a class C felony. She was held without bail in the Durham County jail. The minimum required bail for a class C felony is $500,000.

On April 13, 2011, Daye died of his injuries. Mangum, who was still being held, was charged with the murder. On November 29, 2013, she was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 14-18 years in prison.

In February 2010, Mangum was arrested and charged with attempted murder, identity theft, resisting an officer, assault, child endangerment and arson after her daughter phoned 911 to report a domestic disturbance between Mangum and her boyfriend. The arson charges were dismissed in early 2011.

In 2006 Mangum sparked one of the most closely watched sexual assault cases in recent history when she falsely alleged to have been assaulted by three members of the Duke University lacrosse team while performing as an exotic dancer at a team party in March. Hoping to capitalize on the publicity such a high-profile case promised, Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, up for reelection that summer, seized on the case. Three members of the team were arrested in April, and the scandal resulted in the resignation of Duke's lacrosse coach and the suspension of the team's 2006 season, before the case collapsed due to inconsistencies in Mangum's account and the lack of physical evidence that any crime had been committed. No charges were filed against Mangum, although filing a false police report is a misdemeanor in the state of North Carolina. In 2008, Mangum announced a book deal to publish her memoirs, including her account of the case.
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