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Jason Tangeman represents Aaron McKinney, the roofer on trial for the murder of Matthew Shepard. In his opening remarks to the jury, Tangeman suggested Shepard was killed by the alcohol and methamphetamines McKinney consumed that night. Or maybe it was his client’s alleged victimization by a male sexual predator during childhood, brought back into focus by a sexual advance Shepard made to McKinney. But it wasn’t his client that killed. Thankfully, the judge tore into the defense team, warning them off from invoking a “gay panic” defense.

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