Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 27, Ed. 1 Friday, November 5, 1999 Page: 1 of 70
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In deal with prosecutors,
McKinney agrees to accept
2 consecutive life sentences
From Staff and Wire Reports
A 22-year-old roofer will serve two
consecutive life sentences for his role in
the brutal slaying of gay college student
Aaron J. McKinney accepted the sen-
tence in a deal with prosecutors on
Thursday, the day after an Albany
County, Wyo., jury convicted him of
two counts of felony murder and three
lesser counts. "
The deal was announced as jurors If
were preparing to hear the beginning of 2
testimony in the trial's penalty phase, g
The victim's parents reportedly assent- S
ed to the arrangement. |
The arrangement forestalled defense jjj
attorneys' plans to introduce a "gay f
panic" theory as a mitigating factor in 8
the crime. McKinney's lawyers had
planned to show that the defendant
erupted in an uncontrollable rage when
Shepard made an alleged sexual pass.
State District Judge Barton Voigt had
See GUILTY on Page 27
Dennis and Judy Shepard leave the Albany County Courthouse in Laramie,
Wyo., on Wednesday, after a jury convicted Aaron McKinney of the murder
of their son, Matthew. On Thursday, Shepard’s parents gave their assent to
a sentencing deal which will require McKinney to serve two consecutive life
OLCS to close doors on Dec. 31
Officials working to ensure smooth, uninterrupted transfer of services to another agency
By Dennis Vercher county government leaders to ensure cacy, mental health counseling and sub-
A pioneering 20-year-old gay and that services continue uninterrupted stance abuse counseling for those
lesbian agency, the first in North Texas after that date, officials said. affected by HIV.
to offer AIDS services, will close its Unremitting financial difficulties The agency previously offered gen-
doors permanently at the end of the forced the agency's board of directors at eral counseling for gays and lesbians
year, officials said. the end of October to authorize the do- and a gay community educational pro-
Oak Lawn Community Services, sure, according to Swisher. ject. Both were closed last August as
established in 1979 to offer counseling "We have cut costs to the bone as finandal pressures mounted, and the
services to ggys and lesbians, will cease much as we can," he said. "But costs agency retained only its longstanding
operations on Dec. 31, said Gary keep growing as more clients come in, HIV and AIDS programs.
Swisher, the agency's president. and we're just not able to overcome Although the decision to close was
The agency's current HIV and AIDS that." - made in late October, Swisher said the
services will remain unchanged and The agency currently serves more agency hoped to keep the information
interrupted until the closure, he added, than 1,000 clients, he said. It offers a secret until concrete plans for transfer-
"The services will continue here until transportation service, day care, a pre- ring the programs to another agency
we are done," Swisher said. scription refill service, volunteers to were completed. But this week it
Negotiations are underway with work with AIDS patients, client advo- See CLOSURE on Page 9
November 5, 1999
Burtka goes on
the Out Takes
auction block to
raise funds for
for the living
The Oak Lawn
toward a pack-
ed ski season
rado and Utah.
Scoop, Travel, Stage.
Calendar. Artsnotes, Cartoons.
Q Puzzle, Starvoice, Scene.
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 27, Ed. 1 Friday, November 5, 1999, newspaper, November 5, 1999; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth616241/m1/1/: accessed May 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.