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Reid Says He's Ready To Die

Convicted serial killer Paul Dennis Reid was back in court Friday.

Reid said he wants to end appeals, so he can be executed. Reid is on death row for killing seven fast food workers back in 1997.

The question before a judge is whether Reid is competent to make decisions.

"I've made the conscious decision ma'am to withdraw my appeal," Reid said.

Reid answered questions in Judge Cheryl Blackburn's courtroom about why he wants to withdraw a petition, which would essentially end the appeals process in the Captain D's case.

"I don't believe there's anything that could entertain me to, to continue forward. I'm just totally exhausted over this," Reid said.

Reed murdered 16-year-old Sarah Jackson and 25-year-old Steve Hampton as they were opening the restaurant.

Several days later, police found Reid's fingerprint on Hampton's video rental card, which someone found along side Ellington Parkway.

Reed said the government has secret tapes that will exonerate him.

"My every physical word and my every physical movement has been recorded since February 1985 to the current date now," he said.

Reed called all of his attorneys ineffective because they cannot obtain the tapes. His defense attorneys put a forensic psychiatrist on the stand who called Reed incompetent, but he said he is ready to die by lethal injection.

"Well, I'm a Christian and I believe I'll go to heaven by my spiritual beliefs," he said.

This is the second time Reid has asked a judge to stop the appeals process and allow an execution to go forward.

In June 2003, Reid was within hours of dying when he changed his mind and signed a petition allowing an appeal.

The judge took Friday's testimony under advisement. She can either grant Reid's wish allowing a new execution date or she can order another hearing to see if Reid is competent to make decisions on his own. 

After the hearing, Reid was taken back to Brushy Mountain State Prison in East Tennessee.

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