I also would like to point out that there was a bill — the hate crimes bill that’s called the Matthew Shepard bill — it’s named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay. This — the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it’s really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills.
Rep. Virginia Foxx: Matthew Shepard Hate Crime a 'Hoax' (Video): Rep. Virginia Foxx believes Matthew Shepard’s death was a simple robbery, not a hate crime.(04/29/2009)
Virginia Foxx: Matthew Shepard's Murder Not a Hate Crime - Washington Post (April 29, 2009)
Congresswoman Foxx Claims Matthew Shepard Hate Crime Murder Was “A Hoax” - glaadBLOG (April 29, 2009)
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Rep. Virginia Foxx Dishonored Matthew Shepard's Death and said it was a hoax (By John Amato)- Crooks and Liars (Apr 30, 2009)
Congresswoman calls gay death case a `hoax' - ABC11.com(April 30, 2009)
Foxx later called her comments "a poor choice of words" and said her comments didn't convey what she meant to say.
"Mr. Shepard's death was nothing less than a tragedy, and those responsible for his death certainly deserved the punishment they received," Foxx said.
EXCLUSIVE: Foxx Apologizes For Remarks: Congresswoman Said She Rushed, Regrets Comments - WXII12.com (May 2, 2009)
"In the heat of trying to handle the rule on the floor, anybody can use a bad choice of words. Saying that the event was a hoax was a poor choice of words," Foxx said. "I've apologized for that. I never meant in any way to harm the family or offend the family or anybody else for that matter."
Foxx sends note of apology to gay man's mother: Congresswoman had faced anger for calling hate-crime label in 1998 killing 'a hoax' - Winston-Salem Journal (May 6, 2009)
BREAKING: Virginia Foxx Issues Second Non-Apology (by David Badash) - The New Civil Rights Movements(May 1, 2009)
Why Virginia Foxx's non-apology for smearing Matthew Shepard isn't enough - Orcinus(Sunday, May 03, 2009)
New Details Emerge in Matthew Shepard Murder: Killers Talk About Crime That Shocked the Nation (Nov. 26, 2004)
Price now says that at the time of the crime she thought things would go easier for McKinney if his violence were seen as a panic reaction to an unwanted gay sexual advance.
But today, Price tells Vargas the initial statements she made were not true and tells Vargas that McKinney's motive was money and drugs. "I don't think it was a hate crime at all. I never did," she said.
ABC's 20/20 report
In late 2004, ABC's Elizabeth Vargas reported on an investigation into the murder for the television program 20/20. Though Vargas primarily relied on personal interviews with people involved with the matter, the report was billed as exploring "New Details Emerging in the Matthew Shepard Murder." At the forefront was the possibility that the murder had in fact been motivated by drugs rather than Shepard's sexual orientation. McKinney, Henderson and Kristen Price (McKinney's girlfriend) claimed in these interviews that the attack was a result of heavy drug use, a robbery and a beating gone awry. Price, in her interview with Vargas, ultimately openly remarked: "I do not think it was a hate crime at all. I never did." This statement contradicted Price's first interview with 20/20 in 1998, in which she said (of McKinney and Henderson's attack): "They just wanted to beat him bad enough to teach him a lesson, not to come on to straight people, and don’t be aggressive about it anymore.” In the report, Price and McKinney's long-time friend Tom O'Connor, on whose property McKinney and Price once lived, both stated their belief that McKinney was bisexual. O'Connor stated that he and McKinney had sex in the past. However, when Vargas asked McKinney whether he had ever had a sexual experience with another male, he said that he had not.
The 20/20 report also mentioned a statement by O'Connor that Shepard told him he was HIV-positive.
Retired Police Chief of Laramie, Commander Dave O'Malley — who was also interviewed by ABC and criticized the 20/20 report — pointed out that the drug motive does not necessarily disqualify the anti-gay motive: "My feelings have been that the initial contact was probably motivated by robbery because they needed money. What they got was $20 and a pair of shoes ... then something changed and changed profoundly... But, we will never, ever know because Matt’s dead and I don’t trust what [McKinney and Henderson] said."
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Rewriting the Motives Behind Matthew Shepard’s Murder - Recount: A Magazine of Contemporary Politics(Dec 8, 2004)
Matthew Shepard and hate crimes - Orcinus(Thursday, December 02, 2004)
Quiet bombshell in Matthew Shepard trial: Judge Barton Voigt throws out the gay panic defense, gutting the case for a manslaughter conviction in place of murder.- Salon.com(Nov. 1, 1999)
Text of the "Gay Panic" Defense ruling in the Matthew Shepard Murder Trial - Court TV Online ( November 1, 1999)
Judge may bar 'gay panic' defense in Wyoming beating trial - CNN.com(October 27, 1999)
McKinney's attorneys argued that they don't intend to present a "gay panic" defense but are merely trying to establish McKinney's state of mind at the time of the killing. They promised to present Voigt with research supporting their position.
The 'Gay Panic' Defense: The accused says he killed Matthew Shepard--in a rage triggered by memories of a childhood assault- Newsweek.com (November 8, 1999)
Will the "gay panic" defense work? Though the gambit often resulted in acquittals or reduced charges in the murders of homosexuals during the 1960s and 1970s, it has had less success lately.