Case of man who claimed to be vampire killer creates challenge for court: lawyer

HALIFAX – A Crown attorney says the unsettling facts in a case involving a man who claimed to be a vampire killer when he murdered two Halifax men in 2007 have left Nova Scotia’s justice system with a thorny challenge.

Mark Heerema told a Nova Scotia Supreme Court hearing that Glen Race should not be held criminally responsible for fatally stabbing Michael Knott and Trevor Brewster.

But Heerema says it’s important for the court and the public to recognize the complex and troubling nature of the case.

Heerema pointed to testimony from a psychiatric expert who told the court Thursday he’s still troubled by certain “red flags” among the accepted facts.

Dr. Hy Bloom says it was difficult for him to reconcile the fact that Race, apparently suffering from psychotic delusions, had the wherewithal to stab his victims, hide their bodies and then flee to within metres of the Mexican border in two weeks.

However, Heerema says Bloom and two other psychiatric experts concluded Race couldn’t have understood the moral wrongfulness of his actions given his well-documented history of psychotic delusions associated with schizophrenia.

Judge Kevin Coady says he will deliver his decision on whether Race is criminally responsible on Jan. 24.

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