Judge denies Mangum’s bond motion

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 06:42 PM

A judge once again denied a motion to reduce Crystal Mangum’s bond Thursday morning in Durham County Criminal Superior Court.

Despite her argument and that of her supporter, Victoria Peterson, that she was not a danger to others and that she needed to be out of jail so she could work on her defense, Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson denied her request.

A trial was set July 8.

Mangum’s bond is $200,000 and has already been reduced since she was initially charged with murdering Reginald Daye, 46. Mangum, who was living with Daye, is accused of stabbing him April 4, 2011. He died April 13, 2011.

After Mangum made her argument to have her bond reduced, Peterson, who was sitting in the gallery, stood up and continued the argument.

Mangum, who is representing herself, can’t even get pens and pencils to do her work, Peterson said. If she were released, she would spend her time at the NCCU law library to prepare her defense, Peterson said.

“This is just, to me, a little bit out of control here,” Peterson said.

Hudson listened patiently but immediately denied her request.

As Peterson spoke, Daye’s family members sat nearby. One woman sobbed and others wiped tears from their eyes.