Mangum tells jury she stabbed boyfriend as he choked her
Crystal Mangum told a jury Wednesday that she stabbed her boyfriend while he choked her so hard that she couldn't breathe following an alcohol-fueled party.
Mangum, charged with first-degree murder, traced her version of events that led to the stabbing death of Reginald Daye in April 2011.
She said that on April 3, she and Daye had arrived late at night at a birthday party for Daye's aunt and nephew. She said Daye had been drinking since he woke up that morning.
They left their apartment for the party about 10:30 p.m., Mangum said, and both drank alcohol there.
When they returned home, Mangum saw a Durham police officer she was friendly with and started talking to him outside their apartment, she said.
Daye became irritated, threw his hands in the air and told Mangum to get inside.
"Get over here!" she quoted Daye as telling her. "That scared me," she said. "I'd never seen him get that angry before."
Once inside their apartment, she said, Daye accused her of "disrespecting" him by talking to other men.
"How dare you disrespect me!" she said Daye shouted at her. "What the [expletive] is wrong with you?"
Mangum said Daye hit her and she fell on the living room floor. She said she got up and he knocked her down again.
"You ungrateful [expletive]!" Mangum said he told her. "I don't understand why you're doing this to me! You deserve to die! You don't deserve to be loved!"
Mangum said she ran to the bedroom, and Daye held her down on the mattress, scratching her face so that "no one would ever want me."
She said she got up and he grabbed her ankles, causing the mattress to come off the bed.
Daye pulled her down on the floor and hit her, she said, threatening to pour hot water on her face.
She said he got kitchen knives and threw them at her while she used the mattress as a shield.
"No, Reggie, stop!" she said.
Mangum said Daye left the bedroom, and she ran into the bathroom and locked it.
Daye kicked in the bathroom door, pulled her out by the hair into the bedroom, she said.
Mangum said Daye began to hit and choke her, preventing her from breathing.
She said she tried to push him off, but he was too strong.
"I grabbed a knife and poked [stabbed] him in the side," Mangum said. She said she grabbed her purse and ran out of the apartment to a neighbor's apartment where her three children were.
"I felt like Reggie was trying to kill me," Mangum said. "I didn't intend to kill him. I miss him. He was a very good person. I just don't know what I could have done differently."
Under cross-examination, Assistant District Attorney Charlene Coggins-Franks sought to chip away at Mangum's credibility by pointing out inconsistencies in her testimony.
At one point, Mangum admitted she lied to police in 2010 when she denied slashing her boyfriend's car tires.