09/30/2013 09:18 EDT | Updated 11/30/2013 05:12 EST

Glen Race pleads guilty to 2 murders

A man who was at the centre of an international manhunt has admitted 

Glen Douglas Race appeared in Halifax Supreme Court Monday morning and entered a guilty plea to one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder. But Race is also asking the court to find him not criminally responsible for his actions.

The body of Trevor Brewster, 45, was discovered on a walking trail in Dartmouth in May 2007. A few days later, Michael Knott’s body was found in Mill Cove, N.S. He was 44-years-old.

The two victims were gay, and at the time, there was speculation that that was a motive in their deaths.

Race is already serving a life sentence after killing a third man, Darcy Manor, in New York in May 2007. Manor was shot in the back of the head at a secluded hunting lodge.

That sparked a manhunt for Race, who was picked up at the U.S.-Mexico border that month. Race was extradited to Canada in October 2010 to deal with the Canadian charges.

Change of plea

Race had little reaction when he changed his plea in court. His parents sat right behind him.

The families of the victims were also in the courtroom, but showed no reaction during the brief proceedings. They did not speak to reporters as they left the court.

Race has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and is currently staying at the East Coast Forensic Hospital. 

His lawyer, Joel Pink, said Race also wants a new trial in the U.S. to hear arguments of whether Race was mentally ill at the time of Manor's murder.