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Reports: Convicted Killer Paul Reid Seriously Ill

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The families of the seven victims killed by convicted murderer, Paul Reid, said they were recently notified he was seriously ill.

The families of the victims said they were notified in late October of Reid's ill health. Several of the family members said they were upset because the Department of Correction could not give them any information, citing HIPAA regulations.

Paul Reid has been one of the most talked about inmates on death row. He was sentenced to death for killing seven fast food workers during robberies in Nashville and Clarksville in 1997. It was a two month crime spree that frightened and shocked Nashville and the surrounding community.

Doyle Brown was one of the family members notified of Reid's health. Brown said the Tennessee Department of Correction would not talk about his condition because of federal patient privacy laws.

"I don't care how he goes to meet his maker," said Brown. "The sooner the better, and if that's the way he's going to go that's fine- I just want to know about it."

Brown's 17-year-old daughter, Andrea, was among those killed by Reid during a robbery at a McDonalds in Nashville. Reid never confessed to committing the crime, and for some family members, it was a matter of closure.

"I don't care one way or the other," said Deanne Hampton. "For part of me, this would be easier and that sounds really bad… but at the same time, there's that part of me that still wants him to confess."

Deanna Hampton's husband, Steve, was killed during a robbery at a Captain D's where he was the manager.

"The only thing I've heard is he was sick in the hospital and may or may not live is all I've heard," she said.

Hampton said the Department of Correction should at least tell victims' families if an offender has been moved from the prison to a hospital. She said she believes Reid should have been executed by now, and was not surprised she could not get the latest information on his condition.

"That's the law," said Hampton. "I mean, he has all the rights- we and nobody else had any."

Paul Reid has been on death row since 1999 and has denied killing anyone. In 2003, he was within hours of execution, but the court of appeals stepped in and stopped it. It was said it could be years before a new execution date could be set.

Until a new execution date has been scheduled, the families said they should be told whenever he is moved out of the prison.

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