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Oct. 6, 1998

10:30 p.m. - Matthew Shepard enters the Fireside Bar in Laramie.

11:45 p.m. - Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson enter the Fireside and order a pitcher of beer.

Oct. 7, 1998

Shortly after midnight - McKinney and Henderson offer to give Shepard a ride home. The three men leave the bar and drive west. Somewhere near Wal-Mart, McKinney turns to Shepard and says, "Guess what? We're not gay, and you just got jacked," and starts beating him.

12:30 a.m. - After tying Shepard to a fence and beating him with a pistol, McKinney and Henderson take his shoes, $20 and a credit card and head back to town.

12:43 a.m. -- McKinney is involved in a fight with Jeremy Herrera and Emiliano Morales at Seventh and Harvey streets. McKinney hits Morales with the same pistol he used to beat Shepard. Herrera hits McKinney with a stick.

McKinney and Henderson run when the police arrive. Police find McKinney's father's truck, with Shepard's credit card and shoes inside and the .357 Magnum covered in blood in the truck bed.

1:30 a.m. - Aaron McKinney comes home disoriented and covered in blood.

2 a.m. - Morales goes to Ivinson Memorial Hospital.

4:25 p.m. - Kristen Price, McKinney's girlfriend, tells a friend that McKinney might be charged with attempted murder "for beating some gay guy up."

5 p.m. - Price takes McKinney to Ivinson Memorial with a hairline skull fracture from the fight the night before.

Shortly after 6 p.m. - Aaron Kreifels, out on his bike, finds Shepard tied to the fence near Snowy Mountain View Road.

6:22 p.m. - A 911 call reports that a man is tied to a fence on the outskirts of town.

Albany County Sheriff's Deputy Reggie Fluty arrives, along with an ambulance to take Shepard to Ivinson Memorial. The sheriff's office receives a missing person's report about Shepard.

Price and Chasity Pasley, Henderson's girlfriend, drive 50 miles to Cheyenne to dispose of Henderson's bloody clothes. They put his shoes in a storage shed at Pasley's mother's house.

8:45 p.m. - Detective Rob DeBree interviews McKinney, who claims a stranger took the truck.

McKinney is sent to Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo.

9:15 p.m. - Shepard is admitted to Poudre Valley Hospital in critical condition.

Oct. 8, 1998

1 a.m. - Henderson, Price and Pasley go to Henderson's house to discuss their story.

4 a.m. - Friends of Shepard identify the shoes found in McKinney's truck as Shepard's.

Later that morning, McKinney is released from Poudre Valley Hospital.

Henderson is arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder. Price and Pasley are charged as accessories after the fact to attempted first-degree murder.

4:30 p.m. - Albany County Sheriff Gary Puls announces the three arrests and said others may be pending. He says they believe Shepard may have been the victim of a hate crime because he is gay.

Oct. 9, 1998

10:40 a.m. - DeBree interviews McKinney again, and he confesses.

McKinney, Henderson, Price and Pasley make their initial appearance in Albany County Court.

7 p.m. - Shepard's parents, Dennis and Judy, arrive in Fort Collins after a flight from Saudi Arabia. Shepard is on life support.

Oct. 11, 1998

Debree goes to Poudre Valley Hospital to see Shepard, who is still in a coma.

Oct. 12, 1998

12:53 a.m. - Shepard dies in Poudre Valley Hospital.

Gay Awareness Week starts at the University of Wyoming.

Oct. 16, 1998

Funeral for Matthew Shepard is held in Casper. Rev. Fred Phelps of Wichita, Kan., shows up to protest.

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Dec. 23, 1998

Pasley changes her plea to guilty as an accessory after the fact to murder.

April 5, 1999

Trial of Russell Henderson is scheduled to begin. It abruptly ends when Henderson pleads guilty to kidnapping and murder, and is sentenced to two life terms served consecutively.

May 21, 1999

Pasley is sentenced to 15 to 24 months in prison as an accessory after the fact.

Oct. 11, 1999

Jury selection begins for the trial of McKinney.

Oct. 26, 1999

McKinney's trial begins.

Nov. 4, 1999

McKinney is convicted of two counts of felony murder, second-degree murder, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery.

Nov. 5, 1999

Dennis Shepard makes an emotional statement to the court. McKinney is sentenced to two life sentences, to be served consecutively.

Nov. 10, 1999

Price pleads guilty to misdemeanor interference with a police officer. She is sentenced to 180 days in jail, and receives credit for 60 days already served. The rest of the sentence is suspended.

Nov. 20, 1999

Pasley is released from prison after seeking a reduced sentence.

Sources: Star-Tribune archives; Walpole (Mass.) Footlighters Web site (www.footlighters.com)

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