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    Paul Dennis Reid - Tennessee



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    Reid was convicted in the April 1997 slayings of Angela Holmes, 21, and Michelle Mace, 16, who were kidnapped in a robbery at a Baskin-Robbins ice cream store in Clarksville. Their throats were slashed and their bodies were dumped at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area. He also has received death sentences in the 1997 killings of two Nashville Captain D's employees and three Nashville McDonald's workers.

    Reid was sentenced to death on April 20, 1999.

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    Attorney: Tenn. death row inmate is delusional, believes he's getting out

    A Tennessee death row inmate who has been ruled competent enough to decide the course of his case continues his post-conviction appeals in the deaths of 2 workers at a fast food restaurant.

    Paul Dennis Reid was convicted of killing 7 people at fast food restaurants in a 1997 crime spree in Nashville and Clarksville. But his attorney, Kelly Gleason, said Reid's mental competency needs to be re-evaluated.

    During a hearing in Davidson County Criminal Court Monday, Gleason said Reid believes he's getting out of jail on June 1 and thinks she is an actress.

    The petition he filed argues ineffective counsel because Reid believes he was under surveillance by secret government agencies and his trial lawyers should have found tapes that prove his innocence.

    (source: Associated Press)

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    April 23, 2009

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It's a long drive from Perry County to Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Nevertheless, Doyle Brown goes often to tend his daughter's grave.

    "I just try to keep an eye on it. It's kind of like going out on the porch and sweeping the dust off," said Brown.

    Andrea Brown was an eleventh-grader at Hume-Fogg Academic High School who worked at a Donelson McDonald's. She was ambitious.

    "She was getting a really good education at Hume-Fogg. All for nothing. Paul Reid took away everything she was working for in seconds," her father said.

    Paul Reid took away everything she'd worked for in a second when he went on a killing spree 12 years ago. Seven young people at three different restaurants were killed. It stopped when the sole survivor identified Reid.

    Three different juries all agreed Reid was not only guilty but that he deserved to die. Twelve years later, Reid still sits without an execution date.

    "They didn't get five minutes," said Brown of the victims. "Their rights were just run right over. They didn't have any rights. My daughter was forced to lay down on the floor of McDonald's. I can only imagine what kind of fear (Andrea) went through until two bullets in the back of her head ended her life."

    Brown kept every piece of paper filed on Reid for a long time. He now only keeps a list of the appeals -- nine pages of appeals representing boxes of legal documents.

    The appeals, going back to 1999, all seem to be versions of the same two things: either that the death penalty is unconstitutional or that Reid isn't mentally competent.

    Brown believes Reid should get the chance his seven victims never did: a set number of appeals over a set number of years.

    "But after 12 years and probably 30 or 40 appeals, it's clear to me -- (and) when three different juries, it was clear to them -- that Paul Reid is guilty as anybody has ever been found guilty."


    http://www.wsmv.com/video/19265603/index.html

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    Serial Killer Paul Reid Awaits Competency Ruling

    Defense lawyers for Paul Reid, who was convicted of seven murders in Tennessee in 1997 and sentenced to death in 1999, were in court Friday requesting a new trial on the grounds that Reid is incompetent and unable to participate in his own appeals.

    Reid has been on death row since 1999. His execution dates have been stayed several times due to appeals and legal maneuvering. One date was set for 2008, but was delayed when the issues pertaining to his competency arose. According to a report by WSMV-TV Nashville in 2008, the convicted killer wanted to be executed. His request to die along with other reportedly erratic behavior drove his family to push for the incompetency appeal, claiming that he did not understand the legal proceedings.

    Reid is said to suffer from delusions and psychotic thinking, according to reports by two court appointed doctors. In videotaped interviews, Reid's mental state is visible. Kelly Gleason, one of his post-conviction attorneys says "He believes the government was monitoring him, both through audio and video recordings."

    Prosecutors contend Reid is an accomplished con man, putting on a show to delay his punishment. They say his delusional behavior is inconsistent and that he is competent enough to make decisions all day long about his behavior, meals, physical activity and other matters. The issue, according to prosecutors, doesn't matter because the Tennessee Supreme Court has already found him competent.

    Reid, 53, killed two employees at a Captain D's fast food restaurant in Donelson, Tenn., on February 16, 1997, just one day after being fired from a Shoney's restaurant for losing his temper and throwing a dish at another employee. In March of 1997, he killed three employees and wounded another at a McDonald's in Hermitage, TN. He then killed two employees of a Baskin-Robbins in Clarksville, TN in April of 1997. He was finally arrested following an attempt to kidnap the manager, who had fired him from Shoney's, from his home in June of 1997.

    Incompetency means the person is neither able to comprehend the nature and consequences of the proceedings nor adequately able to help an attorney with his defense. It should not be confused with an insanity plea. People who are deemed incompetent are expected to regain their competency at some future point. At that time, legal proceedings can continue.

    Both sides of the competency issue were heard in Reid's case on Friday. No ruling was made. It may several months until a decision is reached. Families and survivors of Reid's crimes will continue to wait for closure to a chapter in their lives that began 14 years ago.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110214/...petency_ruling

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    Clarksville, Nashville murders to be featured on Investigation Discovery show

    The murders of seven young adults working at three fast-food restaurants shook the Clarksville and Nashville communities during the spring of 1997.

    Following an investigation and several trials, serial killer Paul Dennis Reid, 54, was sentenced to seven death sentences and remains on death row.

    On Thursday, the show “Cold Blood” on the Investigation Discovery channel will air the “Nightmare in Nashville” episode about the Reid murders. Interviews from the victims’ families and law enforcement from Clarksville and Nashville will give a first-hand account of the devastation resulting from Reid’s crime spree.

    Jacqueline Bynon, executive producer for “Cold Blood,” said the show will follow the investigation of the crime from beginning to end and look at it from the viewpoint of those who were directly affected by the heinous murders.

    Seven murders in just over a month

    On Feb. 16, 1997, Reid killed Sarah Jackson, 16, and Steve Hampton, 25, two workers at Donelson Captain D’s. On March 23, 1997, Reid murdered Andrea Brown, 17, Ronald Santiago, 27, and Robert Sewell Jr., 23, while robbing a McDonald’s restaurant in Hermitage. He murdered Angela Holmes, 21, and Michelle Mace, 16, at the Baskin-Robbins in Clarksville.

    Bynon said the 60-minute show will embody interviews from Nashville Police Detective Pat Postiglione, who was the lead investigator in the Reid case, and Clarksville Police Sgt. Robert Miller, who was a detective at the time and investigated the case in Clarksville. Connie Black, the mother of Michelle Mace, Gina Jackson, the mother of Sarah Jackson and Kim Antisdel, the mother of Angela Holmes, will also be featured on the show.

    The interview of Mitch Roberts, a former Nashville Shoney’s manager, who was threatened at gunpoint at his home by Reid, will also be featured in the episode. It was Roberts’ actions that led to Reid’s arrest.

    “We got interested in the case. We had to find stories, and it was so overwhelming a story not only for the individuals affected but for the city of Nashville and Clarksville,” Bynon said. “I am still in awe that it happened. It’s such a sad, sad story. It got my attention. It’s one of those stories that hooked me, and I couldn’t let it go. It just sticks with me, because of the evil done to so many innocent people.”

    Unsung heroes


    During the process of producing the show, Bynon said the heroism showed by survivors and the intricate police work shared a story many who followed the case may not have known.

    “There’s a couple of things I find intriguing. When we talked to the victims’ families, the heroism of the people who continue to live their life because of this terrible loss was apparent. They have managed to continue on,” Bynon said. “The detective and lead investigator Pat Postiglione was given this case, and it effected him. He stuck with it to the end. The humanity of him, we called him a hero. I get very emotional about this story. The people were so effected by it.

    “I thought it was interesting. ... Mitch Roberts, the manager at Shoney’s, he was a real hero. He had real guts. He’s the guy that helped catch Paul Dennis Reid. When you hear his first-hand story, you will be gripped. Paul Dennis Reid came to his door, and he managed to walk away thinking this may be the guy who killed seven people. It’s an amazing story.”

    A time of fear

    Bynon said the episode also captures the fear in the community at the time of the killing sprees and shows how a community and family overcame a heart-wrenching time.

    “At that time, if you worked at a fast food restaurant, the fear in that city was powerful,” Bynon said. “Paul Dennis Reid didn’t care. To look at the victims and just kill them...I think he started to enjoy it. One of the aspects of our show is we try to have huge respect for the investigators who solve these crimes and the victims. We never try to glorify the killer. We pay homage to the victim and their family. We are proud. We try our best to do that.”

    The “Nightmare in Nashville” episode will show the intriguing twists and turns in the case and give viewers a glimpse into history.

    “Watch this show and remember, if you were around, what that time was like. The fact that Nashville and Clarksville got through it, and a horrible thing happened and in the end they caught that bad guy,” Bynon said. “The victims are still living with that sadness. Murder doesn’t end with catching a bad guy; that’s justice, but the sadness still remains. ... I am so grateful for the victims and in awe they talked to us. It’s an honor. They are the heroes. The people who can continue and talk about it.”

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    Tenn. Supreme Court says serial killer on death row hasn't been proven incompetent

    The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Thursday that family and legal advocates for Paul Dennis Reid, who was convicted of shooting seven people in a series of fast-food robberies in Nashville and Clarksville in 1997, cannot continue to appeal his convictions against his wishes.

    The opinion noted that Reid was undeniably brain-damaged, but his advocates had failed to prove in two different hearings that he was mentally incompetent to decide to abandon his appeals.

    Reid has said that he is under government surveillance and believes that his trials were mock trials and his attorneys are actors playing a role. But he also told psychiatrists that his delusions are a hoax that he has used to avoid prosecution in the past, according to the court's opinion.

    "The question at the core of this case is this: Is Paul Reid a mentally ill man who tries to appear sane or a sane man who tries to appear mentally ill?" wrote Justice William C. Koch Jr. in the opinion. "Does he truly believe he is trapped in an Orwellian nightmare of government surveillance and thought control, or are his delusions more like an elaborate piece of performance art used to gain attention and to amuse himself in prison? Perhaps it is a bit of both."

    Reid has said he wants to abandon his appeals and accept the death sentence, but sister Linda Martiniano and his post-conviction attorneys said he lacked the mental competency to make those decisions and they wanted to continue his appeals on his behalf.

    Courts in Nashville and Clarksville conducted hearings on his competency in 2008. Both concluded his advocates failed to prove his mental incompetency based in part on conflicting expert opinions about his delusions. The trial court in Nashville noted that Reid had a "remarkable grasp of his three complex capital cases."

    "In light of the divergent diagnoses related to Mr. Reid's idiosyncratic behavior, it was not error for the courts to harbor serious or substantial doubt that Mr. Reid is actually incompetent to make decisions regarding post-conviction relief," Koch wrote.

    http://www.therepublic.com/view/stor...h-Penalty-Reid
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    In today's United States Supreme Court orders, Reid's petition for writ of certiorari was DENIED.

    Docketed: July 1, 2013
    Linked with 12A1056
    Lower Ct: Supreme Court of Tennessee, Middle Division
    Case Nos.: (M2009-00128-SC-R11-PD, M2009-00360-SC-R11-PD, M2009-01557-SC-R11-PD)
    Decision Date: January 24, 2013
    Rehearing Denied: February 19, 2013
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    Prison system mum on Reid's rumored health decline

    Connie Black is unsure if her daughter’s killer will ever serve his sentence of death by lethal injection, as he is rumored to be hospitalized with a serious medical condition, but Black has no way of finding out.

    It is rumored that Paul Dennis Reid Jr., convicted in seven Middle Tennessee murders, has been hospitalized in critical condition. The families of some of the victims were told over the weekend and contacted The Leaf-Chronicle and other media outlets.

    Dorinda Carter, spokeswoman for Tennessee Department of Corrections, said she could not confirm whether Reid is hospitalized or even ill because of federal laws that protect medical privacy, including for prison inmates.

    Linda Martiniano, Reid’s sister, contacted by phone Monday morning, declined to comment.

    Black said as she has tried to find out about Reid’s health from victim advocates, she has hit one roadblock after another.

    “To me, it’s important because we have emotions, even though he’s on death row and not a part of my life, there are still emotional connections,” Black said. “He was the last person to see my child alive, as horrific and brutal as that was. It’s another piece of her leaving. If it makes any sense. It’s another finality in her leaving.”

    Black’s 16-year-old daughter Michelle Mace was one of seven people Reid killed in a 1997 murder spree.

    Reid, 55, was given seven death sentences for the killing of fast-food workers in Nashville and Clarksville:

    • On Feb. 16, 1997, Reid murdered Sarah Jackson, 16, and Steve Hampton, 25, two workers at Donelson Captain D’s.

    • On March 23, 1997, Reid murdered Andrea Brown, 17, Ronald Santiago, 27, and Robert Sewell Jr., 23, while robbing a McDonald’s restaurant in Hermitage. He also stabbed another worker, Jose Antonio Ramirez Gonzalez, 17 times.

    • On April 23, 1997, Reid murdered Angela Holmes, 21, and Michelle Mace, 16, at the Baskin-Robbins in Clarksville.

    Black said although she doesn’t care to see him executed, many of the victims’ families do.

    “Some others have a right to see him die like our children were killed. For him to be in that situation and us not know, and if in fact he does die of natural causes, what right do they have to keep that from us and let us hear that when it happens? It’s very frustrating, and the most frustrating part is he has all the rights and we have absolutely none, although he took all of our children.”

    Black said she has been told Reid has rights that cannot be violated.

    “If he does pass, we should know before it hits the news,” she said. “When I found out what actually happened to Michelle, I found out through the media. That was very hard, because it was just there. Bodies were found at Dunbar Cave, and that’s how I found out. To find this out the same way is a slap in the face. It seems like they are saying we don’t matter, and we matter. It’s just not right. To me the judicial system protects all those who break all the rules. It’s just wrong.”

    http://www.theleafchronicle.com/arti...health-decline
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    This is terrible for the families who I believe have the right to be informed. Just another example where victims have no rights and the criminal responsible has the protections of the constitution a right that should be denied.

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    'Fast-food Killer' on death row dies in hospital

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Death row inmate Paul Dennis Reid, who killed seven young people in a series of attacks at Tennessee fast-food restaurants in 1997, died on Friday in a Nashville hospital, a prison official said.

    The cause of death will be determined by the State Medical Examiner's office, where the body was taken after Reid was pronounced dead, said Dorinda Carter, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Correction.

    Reid was taken from Nashville's Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, where he was awaiting execution, to the city's General Hospital at Meharry about two weeks ago, Carter said. Citing patient privacy laws, officials declined to discuss what he was being treated for.

    Reid, 55, was sentenced to death in 1999 for the 1997 first-degree murders of seven fast-food workers in the Nashville region. He committed the attacks at a Captain D's restaurant, a McDonald's restaurant and a Baskin-Robbins ice cream store.

    Reid, who was sometimes referred to as The Fast-Food Killer, had come to Nashville from Texas to pursue his dreams of being a country music singer. He had been paroled after serving seven years of a 20-year sentence on charges related to an armed robbery at a restaurant in Texas.

    http://www.torontosun.com/2013/11/02...es-in-hospital
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