Crystal Mangum misses court appearance over aches

Crystal Mangum's mug shot from her April 3, 2011 arrest.
May 2, 2011 9:00:00 PM PDT
Former Duke Lacrosse accuser Crystal Mangum did not make her scheduled court appearance Tuesday on murder charges related to the death of her boyfriend. The reason given for her absence was that she had severe backaches.

Her lawyer asked Judge Orlando Hudson if she could get some medical attention in the Durham County Jail, where Mangum has been locked up on a murder charge.

Police say Mangum stabbed Reginald Daye, 46, in the chest during an argument at the apartment the couple shared in the 3000 block of Century Oaks Drive on April 3. Search warrants previously issued say Daye told responding officers Mangum stabbed him and took his money.

Daye was later taken off life support and died on April 6.

On Tuesday, the judge told the 32-year-old's lawyer to check with the sheriff's office, then come back if he couldn't get help for her that way.

Three of Mangum's supporters, who insist she's a domestic violence victim, were also at the courthouse Tuesday.

Mangum has said she feels she has been treated unfairly by Durham police ever since she falsely accused three Duke Lacrosse players of rape.

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