Duke lacrosse accuser found guilty of murder
The woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the stabbing death of her boyfriend, reports the Associated Press.
Crystal Mangum, 34, was sentenced to between 14 years and 18 years in prison after a jury reached a verdict after six hours of deliberations.
Prosecutors said that Mangum killed 46-year-old Reginald Daye, who was stabbed on April 3, 2011. He died 10 days later.
Mangum said the stabbing was in self-defense, alleging that Daye was beating her in a jealous rage when she grabbed a knife and “poked him in the side.”
In 2006, Mangum falsely claimed Duke lacrosse players Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans gang-raped her at a team party where she was hired as a stripper. Duke’s head coach Mike Pressler was forced to resign, and the team canceled the remainder of the season because of the incident.
The players were declared innocent by North Carolina’s attorney general after Mangum’s story crumbled and her mental stability was questioned. Mike Nifong, who prosecuted the three players, was later disbarred.