Jury asks for photos in Mangum murder trial

Nov. 21, 2013 @ 03:03 PM

Jurors began deliberating around noon today in the first-degree murder trial of Crystal Mangum in the stabbing death of her boyfriend, Reginald Daye.

At 2:30 p.m., Durham Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway approved the jury's request to have all photos that were entered into evidence and a diagram of Daye's apartment brought into the deliberation room.

The defense and prosecution completed their closing statements this morning, and Ridgeway instructed jurors in the law.

Mangum's attorney, Daniel Meier, told the jury of five women and seven men that the state had failed to prove Mangum's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant District Attorney Charlene Franks argued the state had shown all the elements to find Mangum guilty - malice, motive, premeditation and intent to kill.

The jury could also find Mangum guilty of second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter, or not guilty.

Mangum, 35, has pleaded not guilty, claiming she was defending herself when she stabbed Daye, 46, on April 3, 2011 at an apartment they shared. She alleged that Daye was choking her so hard she couldn't breathe when she stabbed him once.

He died 10 days later at Duke University Hospital.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Mangum would be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Mangum is also charged with larceny in the case, accused of stealing two cashier's checks from Daye that totaled $700. The checks were to be used for rent.

In 2006, she drew national headlines after falsely accusing three members of the Duke University lacrosse team of raping her at a party.