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Supreme Court Weighs In On 1997 Serial Killer Case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that convicted serial killer Paul Dennis Reid cannot continue his appeals.

Paul Reid received 7 death sentences after juries in both Nashville and Clarksville convicted him of premeditated first degree murder and especially aggravated robbery. In 1997 Reid committed three fast-food armed robberies in Nashville and Clarksville, at a Captain D's, a Baskin-Robbins, and a McDonald's, killing seven people who worked at those restaurants.

Just before his first scheduled execution date in 2003, Paul Reid filed suit to get new trials. Later he changed his mind and said he no longer wanted a new trial. Despite his decision officials said that his appointed attorneys and his sister have been filing petitions on his behalf saying he lacks the mental competency to seek new trials.

The issue went to the Tennessee Supreme Court, who on Thursday, agreed with the decisions of the trial courts and the Court of Criminal Appeals. Reid ‘s advocates "may not continue appealing his convictions in state court against his wishes, despite claims he is not competent to abandon his appeals,"

Even though there is evidence of brain damage and mental health issues the State Supreme Court said Reid's sister and attorneys failed to present clear and convincing evidence that Reid has been unable to make his own legal decisions.

To read the opinion in Paul Dennis Reid v. State of Tennessee, authored by Justice William C. Koch, Jr., visit the Opinions section of TNCourts.gov.

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