- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The author of a controversial book about Matthew Shepard’s killing says it should send a sobering message about addiction to methamphetamine.

Journalist Stephen Jimenez made the comment Tuesday night in Laramie during a question and answer session about “The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard.” He claims Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, and one of his killers were involved in the methamphetamine trade and that drugs, not hate, was the main motive behind the killing.

The Laramie Boomerang (http://bit.ly/1buj5B6) reports that no one questioned the accuracy of Jimenez’s account during the forum.

Jimenez is gay and says he leans toward the political left. However, he said much of the criticism of the book is the result of “liberal orthodoxy” about the case.