Judge to rule on whether Halifax man criminally responsible in murders

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Judge to rule on whether Halifax man criminally responsible in murders

HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge is expected to deliver a judgment today on whether Glen Race was criminally responsible for the 2007 killings of two Halifax men.

Race pleaded guilty in September to first-degree murder in the death of Trevor Brewster and to second-degree murder in Paul Michael Knott's death.

Last year, Race's lawyer, Joel Pink, filed an application to have his client declared not criminally responsible because he suffers from a mental illness.

Pink says the illness left him incapable of appreciating the murders were morally wrong.

Knott was stabbed in his car while parked near the Citadel Hill historic site in downtown Halifax and Brewster was stabbed and bludgeoned six days later near Frenchman Lake.

Court was told Race believed he was a godlike entity ordered by angels to cleanse the world of sin by killing vampires, demons and, eventually, everyone on the planet.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Race's lawyer filed an application to have his client declared not criminally responsible this year.

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