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Duke Lacrosse Team Rape Scandal

Background and Latest Developments

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David Evans (R), 23-years-old, stands alongside fellow teammates during a media conference outside the Durham County Detention Center after being indicted on sexual assault charge
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On March 13, 2006 members of the Duke University lacrosse team held a party at an off-campus house and hired two strippers to perform, specifically requesting that they be white or Hispanic. When neither of the two dancers who showed up were white, they apparently became the target of racial slurs by some of the players. One of the dancers later claimed she was raped in a bathroom by three of the team members.

Current Developments

Crystal Mangum Guilty of Murder
Nov. 22, 2013
The woman who falsely accused members of the Duke University lacrosse team of sexual assault has been found guilty of second-degree murder of her boyfriend. Crystal Mangum was convicted of the stabbing death of Reginal Daye in his apartment in April 2011.

Crystal Mangum Trial Begins
Nov. 14, 2013
Testimony has begun in the murder trial of a North Carolina woman who once falsely accused members of the Duke University lacrosse team of raping her. Crystal Mangum is on trial for the April 3, 2010 stabbing death of her boyfriend, Reginald Dye, in his Durham apartment.

Previous Developments

Crystal Mangum Indicted for Murder
April 18, 2011
The woman who falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape has been indicted for first-degree murder by a Durham grand jury. Crystal Mangum was also charged with two counts of larceny in connection with the death of 46-year-old Reginald Daye.

Crystal Mangum Arrested in Boyfriend's Stabbing
April 3, 2011
The woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape is being held without bond in connection with the stabbing of her boyfriend. Crystal Mangum, 32, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, police said.

Duke Lacrosse Accuser Convicted
Dec. 18, 2010
The woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 has been convicted of misdemeanor child abuse and criminal damage to property, but a mistrial was declared on a felony charge of arson. Crystal Mangum was found guilty of contributing to child abuse or neglect, damage to personal property and resisting a police officer.

Duke Lacrosse Accuser Arrested
Feb. 18, 2010
The woman who accused three Duke University lacrosse players of raping her at a team party is now facing multiple charges as a result of an apparent domestic dispute with her boyfriend. Crystal Gale Mangum has been charged with attempted murder, arson, identity theft, communicating threats, damage to property, resisting an officer and child abuse.

Duke Lacrosse Players File Lawsuit
Oct. 5, 2007
Three former Duke University lacrosse players filed a federal civil rights lawsuit after settlement negotiations with the city of Durham broke down. The lawsuit seeks punitive and compensatory damages along with reforms in the way criminal cases are handled by the police department and the prosecutor's office.

Durham D.A. Mike Nifong Disbarred
June 17, 2007
A North Carolina State Bar disciplinary committee voted today to disbar Durham district attorney Mike Nifong 24 hours after he announced he would resign his post and an hour after he told the panel he would surrender his license to practice law.

All Duke Lacrosse Charges Dropped
April 11, 2007
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said that all remaining kidnapping and sexual offense charges against three members of the Duke University lacrosse team have been dismissed.

Duke Grand Jurors Have Second Thoughts
Feb. 7, 2007
Two of the members of the Durham, North Carolina grand jury that indicted three Duke University lacrosse team members told ABC that they are not so sure they would vote to indict again.

Nifong Faces More Serious Ethic Charges
Jan. 24, 2007
The former prosecutor in the Duke University lacrosse team case has now been accused by the North Carolina state bar of more serious ethic charges, including withholding evidence from the defense, lying to the court and lying to the bar investigators.

Nifong 'Picked on the Wrong Families'
Jan. 14, 2007
The mother of one of the Duke University lacrosse players says district attorney Mike Nifong "picked on the wrong families" and will pay for it.

Duke Prosecutor Asks Off Case
Jan. 13, 2007
One day after it was revealed that the accuser in the case changed her story once again, Durham district attorney Mike Nifong asked the state attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to take over so that he can be recused from the case.

Duke Case D.A. Faces Ethic Probe
Dec. 29, 2006
The State Bar of North Carolina has filed ethics charges against Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong for making misleading and inflammatory statements to the press about the three accused players.

Rape Charges Dropped Against Duke Players
Dec. 22, 2006
Mike Nifong dropped rape changes against three members of the Duke University lacrosse team today, but they still face kidnapping and sexual offense charges in the case.

Duke Rape Accuser Pregnant
Dec. 15, 12006
Four family members of the woman who accused members of the Duke University lacrosse team of raping her reported that she gave birth, but Mike Nifong says she's not due until February.

DNA Tests Contradict Duke Rape Accuser
Dec. 13, 2006
Attorneys for the Duke University lacrosse team players filed a motion accusing prosecutors of withholding DNA evidence that clears their clients.

Duke Rape Case Becomes More Muddled
Oct. 30, 2006
Just when you thought the case could not take another strange twist, the second dancer dropped another bombshell on ABC's "Good Morning America" and the district attorney prosecuting the case admitted during a court hearing that he's never even discussed the facts of the case with the accuser.

Second Duke Dancer Refutes Accuser's Account
Oct. 13, 2006
Kim Roberts, the second exotic dancer at the party, said she saw no signs of injury or trauma to the alleged victim, "She obviously wasn't hurt ... because she was fine."

DA: All Duke Players Potential Witnesses
July 17, 2006
Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong told a judge that every member of the Duke University lacrosse team is a potential witness in the rape case and that is why he wants access to their student ID card records and their home addresses.

Duke Defense Team Raises More Questions
June 18, 2006
Attorneys for one of the Duke University lacrosse players raised new questions concerning public statements about the case made by the district attorney, who they say commented on medical records that he had apparently not even seen yet.

Second Dancer: Duke Allegations a 'Crock'
June 9, 2006
The second dancer at the Duke lacrosse team party told police when she was first interviewed that rape accusations made by the other stripper were a "crock" and she was with her the entire evening.

Duke Player Heckled in Tense Courtroom
May 19, 2006
After one of the Duke University lacrosse team members was verbally accosted by a heckler in the courtroom, his attorney was told by the judge that there would be no speedy trial for their client.

Third Duke Lacrosse Team Member Indicted
May 15, 2006
A senior captain of the Duke University lacrosse team was indicted by a grand jury on the same charges facing two other team members in connection with a stripper's allegations that she was raped.

New Duke DNA Results Not Conclusive
May 13, 2006
The long-awaited second round of DNA testing results returned the same results as the first round with no conclusive match to any member of the team.

Durham Police Did Not Believe Duke Accuser

Duke Players' Accuser Claimed Rape Before
April 28, 2006

Duke Rape Suspects Suspended, Rooms Searched
April 20, 2006

No DNA Match in Duke Lacrosse Scandal
April 11, 2006

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