The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has set aside up to two months for the trial of a Halifax man accused of murdering two men in 2007.
Crown and defence lawyers agreed Tuesday to have Glen Race tried before a judge and jury in Halifax provincial court starting Sept. 30 next year.
The judge set aside court time until Nov. 29, 2013, though defence lawyer Joel Pink said he hopes the length of the trial will be reduced in pre-trial conferences.
Race is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 44-year-old Michael Knott and 45-year-old Trevor Brewster, two men found dead in the Halifax area in May 2007.
Knott's body was found on a path in a wooded area in Mill Cove on May 5, 2007. Four days later, Brewster's body was discovered stuffed under a boardwalk in Dartmouth.
Pink said outside court the trial will be lengthy because he will call experts in an effort to prove his client was not criminally responsible for the deaths due to paranoid schizophrenia.
Race, diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2001, has been staying at the East Coast Forensic Hospital.
The 31-year-old man was extradited from the United States in October 2010 to face the charges. At the time of his extradition, Race was serving a life sentence for the 2007 shooting death of Darcy Manor in Upstate New York.