Crystal Mangum's 911 Call About Alleged Rape
Crystal Gail Mangum is an American woman who is best known for making false allegations of rape in the Duke lacrosse case. As of April 2011, she is being held on murder charges related to a fatal attack on her boyfriend.
Just before midnight on February 17, 2010, Durham police were called to Mangum's residence by her nine-year old daughter. When they arrived, they said they found Mangum and her live-in boyfriend fighting. They said she set fire to some of his clothing in a bathtub in their presence. The building suffered heavy smoke damage.
They arrested Mangum on charges of attempted murder, first-degree arson, assault and battery, identity theft, communicating threats, damage to property, resisting an officer, and misdemeanor child abuse.
Mangum was ordered to remain in jail on $1 million bond. Her bond was lowered to $100,000 in May, and she was released from jail to live in a friend's house. She was required to wear an electronic monitoring device. On July 12, 2010, she was released from house arrest and required to move in with her mother. She was allowed to visit her three children but only under supervision of social services. Mangum was arrested again on August 25, 2010, and held on $150,000 bond for failure to comply with the restrictions on her child visitation order.
On December 17, 2010, Mangum was convicted of five misdemeanor charges involving child abuse. She was also convicted of injury to personal property and resisting a public officer. The jury deadlocked 9-3 for conviction on the felony arson charge but was unable to reach a decision on it. After the verdict, Judge Abe Jones sentenced Mangum to 88 days in jail, which she had already served, and granted custody of her children.
Durham Assistant District Attorney Mark McCullough announced on January 21, 2011, that he would not retry Mangum on arson charges.
Mangum was arrested on April 2, 2011, following accusations that she stabbed and seriously injured her boyfriend.
She was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury, a class C felony in North Carolina. Her boyfriend later died in the hospital, and Mangum was indicted on a murder charge. As of April 19, Mangum was being held in jail under a $300,000 secured bail bond, which was set prior to her boyfriend's death.