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Appeals Court Upholds Paul Reid's Competency

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld lower court rulings that an inmate convicted in the killing of seven people is competent to determine his own legal decisions.

Paul Dennis Reid was sentenced to death in the murder of seven people at fast food restaurants in a 1997 crime spree in Nashville and Clarksville. Trial courts in Davidson and Montgomery counties determined he was competent to choose to forgo his post-conviction relief, and the state criminal appeals court upheld those decisions in a ruling issued Monday.

Reid's sister, Linda Martiniano, wanted to pursue appeals on his behalf, and his attorneys have argued that he is delusional and that he believes he is under surveillance by a government agency.

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