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Accused serial killer appears in court

A man facing charges for the murders of three people in New Brunswick appeared in court in Montreal on Thursday, to face charges for the killing of two gay men in 1991.

At the time, the Montreal murders sparked fear among the city's gay community that a serial killer was stalking homosexuals.

McGray has been charged with the 1991 stabbing death of retired school teacher Robert Assaly, at Assaly's home on Nuns' Island.

He's also charged with the murder of Gatan Ethier, 45, who was stabbed in his home in downtown Montreal the same year.

McGray has been in a New Brunswick prison, charged with the murders of a mother and daughter who were found in a Moncton apartment in March, 1998.

Montreal police say while in prison, McGray told other inmates about two murders in Montreal.

Crown says she has taped statements from accused

Crown prosecutor Eliane Perrault says police have taped statements from McGray.

"It's a verbal declaration that was taped," she says. "But it's only audio, no visual. The other one from the police in Montreal is a video declaration."

McGray is expected back in Montreal court on March 8, but Perrault can't guarantee he'll be there because the accused man is facing a trial in New Brunswick.

McGray has also been charged with the 1987 stabbing death of a 29-year-old New Brunswick man.

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