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Crystal Mangum murder trial continues for second day

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DURHAM—The second day of testimony in the Crystal Mangum murder trial continues Friday morning after the judge took a break to investigate possible jury misconduct.

The defendant is accused of stabbing her boyfriend, Reginald Daye, to death in 2011.

Crystal Mangum's former boyfriend reluctantly took the stand Friday, saying that she was abusive to him as well.

Milton Walker told the judge he didn't want to testify, but was told to do so. He said Mangum attacked him after the two got into an argument and then she set the house on fire. Mangum was never convicted of the charge.

"And when I ran into the living she came at me with a chair and started hitting me with a chair," said Walker.

The trial resumed late Friday after an alternate juror complained to judge Paul Ridgeway, telling him another juror told the group they should be concerned with Durham's image. That juror also referenced a previous case, but didn't say which one.

Ridgeway questioned the alternate juror and said that can be taken two ways: either jurors need to be responsible about their jobs or rule in one particular way.

"I felt a little uncomfortable about it, mentioned something about politics and how we are representing Durham and what's going to happen afterwards. I got out that we really need to do a good job for Durham," said the juror.

The judge then took a break to talk with the lawyers. He said he doesn't think any rules were violated, but he then called jurors in one by one to go over the rules of not discussing the case.

On Thursday jurors heard from several witnesses including Daye's nephew, who remembers the night of the stabbing.

But Mangum maintains it was an act of self-defense and a medical error is what led to his death 10 days after she stabbed him.

The defendant said she was a victim of domestic violence.

"[He] goes into the bathroom, grabs Ms. Mangum by the hair, drags her into the bedroom and then at that point he gets stabbed,” said Mangum's attorney Daniel Meier.

But prosecutors disagree and said she is guilty of the charges filed against her, including first-degree murder.

“The state's going to come back to you and ask that you find the defendant guilty of first-degree murder,” said Durham County Assistant District Attorney Charlene Coggins-Frank.

Mangum has made headlines before. In 2006, she falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape.

However the judge has ruled prosecutors can't bring that case up during the trial, unless the defense speaks to her character and credibility

Crime scene specialists and forensic scientists took the stand. They testified about sampling blood, hair, and DNA samples from the crime scene. They also showed pictures of Daye's bloody clothing and the knife Mangum used to stab him. The defense argues Mangum protected herself after the couple got into a drunken argument.

Testimony will resume Monday.

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