Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 24, Ed. 1 Friday, October 15, 1999 Page: 1 of 88
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McKinney’s life at stake in trial
Attorney claims defendant high on drugs, alcohol during fatal attack on gay student
From Staff and Wire Reports
LARAMIE, Wyo: — Whether or not
Aaron McKinney helped pistol-whip a
gay student, leaving him to die on the
freezing prairie, is not in dispute.
At the opening of jury selection in
McKinney's murder trial on Monday,
his lawyer said he would not contest
that McKinney played a role in the fatal
beating of Matthew Shepard last
However, attorney Dion Custis told
prospective jurors that drugs and alco-
hol spurred McKinney's actions, and
hi client's use of those substances
would be a core part of his defense.
"What you have to decide in this
case is basically a question of why,"
A gay anti-violence activist con-
demned the defense lawyer's apparent
"The defense is likely to mimic the
strategies of so many other perpetrators
of hate crimes by grasping at straws
with the inclusion of the 'gay panic'
See TRIAL on Page 22
Jerry Switzer, right, wipes tears from his eyes as he hugs Cathy Renna, cen-
ter, as they visit the fence in Laramie, Wyo., on Tuesday, where Matthew
Shepard was beaten to death last year. Jeremy Atenclo, left, looks on.
Tuesday was the first anniversary of Shepard’s death.
AIDS Ride bikers on road from Houston
About 50 Dallas participants board a chartered bus on Tuesday morning to
make the trip to Houston, where they departed Thursday morning for the
four-day, 375-mile Tanqueray’s Texas AIDS Ride II that concludes in Dallas
on Sunday afternoon.
Participants in the Tanqueray's Texas
AIDS Ride II left Houston yesterday
morning for the 375-mile fundraising
bike ride which should have the group
in Dallas for closing ceremonies on
About 50 participants departed
Dallas for Houston on Tuesday morn-
ing on a chartered bus.
"It's great for me personally and
great support for others," said Richard
Bequette of Dallas, one of the partici-
pants. The event marks the fifth AIDS
Ride this year for Bequette, who said he
has been HIV-positive for 13 years.
The riders are expected to arrive in
Dallas during the late morning or early
afternoon. They will be served a picnic
lunch at Lake Cliff Park before riding
into downtown Dallas for closing cere-
monies. The ceremonies are scheduled ,
at 4 p.m. on Main Street near the Old
Red Courthouse, organizers said. T
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 24, Ed. 1 Friday, October 15, 1999, newspaper, October 15, 1999; Dallas, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth615988/m1/1/: accessed January 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.