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Crystal Mangum released from jail

Crystal Mangum was bonded out Wednesday from Durham County Jail, according to county records.

The bond posted for Mangum was set at $200,000, but records do not indicate, as of Wednesday, who posted her bond. Jail officials did respond to requests for comment.

Mangum, who is notorious for falsely accusing three Duke lacrosse players of kidnapping and raping her in 2006, was arrested in April 2011 for first-degree murder, assault and larceny charges. She claims she attacked the victim, Reginald Daye, in an act of self-defense. Daye died at Duke Hospital 10 days after being stabbed by Mangum.

Mangum has had at least five bond hearings during which she has pleaded to have her bond value reduced, her charges dismissed or to be released from prison under electronic monitoring. She has said and reiterated in these hearings her own account of the incident—that she was acting in self defense and that the stabbing may not have been the direct cause of Daye’s death.

None of her requests were granted by Durham Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson.

Mangum will be representing herself when she appears in court July 8 for the start of her trial, more than two years after her initial arrest .


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