Courts & Crime

Discredited Duke lacrosse accuser is jailed in North Carolina

DURHAM, N.C. — Crystal Gail Mangum is in police custody under $150,000 bond after court officials accused her of violating a condition of a previous pre-trial release agreement.

An arrest warrant issued Wednesday charges Mangum with not complying with visitation hours detailed in her release agreement.

Mani Dexter, the attorney representing her, is consulting with the district attorney's office with hopes of scheduling a hearing later today.

Mangum, the discredited accuser in the Duke lacrosse case, was in court in July, on the day Duke University demolished the house where the 2006 lacrosse team held its infamous party, asking to be treated like anyone else fighting charges in the court system. At that time, court officials outlined an agreement through which Mangum could see her children.

On Feb. 18, officers responded to a domestic violence call at the Lincoln Street home that Mangum shared with a one-time boyfriend. Police say Mangum started a blaze by setting her boyfriend's clothes on fire in the bathtub. Her children, who in July were 11, 9 and 3, were present, according to police reports.

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