Paul Dennis Reid, 46
year-old death-row inmate at Riverbend Maximum
Security Institute in Nashville, Tennessee is scheduled for a April 29,
the age of seven, when Paul Dennis Reid, Jr. first began going to school,
a psychologist described him as suffering from "minimal
Court documents establish
that Paul Reid had suffered multiple head injuries during his life. At the
age of five, he was hit in the head with a brick. In 1971, he was
hospitalized for some time after fracturing his skull in a mini-bike
accident. In another childhood accident, Paul smashed his head into the windshield of a car that hit him while riding his bike.
injury occurred when he once slipped at work and hit his head. In 1990, he suffered a
concussion and loss of consciousness as the result of an automobile
In May of 1997, Paul
attended his father's funeral wearing a lime green shirt, shorts and
tennis shoes and refused to change at the request of his sisters. His
sister Janet described in court documents that her brother also wore a
"Burger King Crown" on his head and called himself "King
Paul Dennis Reid, Jr.
suffers from speech and language problems, which are characteristic of persons with
traumatic brain injuries. Medical evidence establish that Paul has
severe brain damage, particularly in the left frontal lobe of his brain.
Paul suffers a significant mental disorder from this acquired brain
Medical and school records show that since birth Paul has suffered
from damage to his left temporal lobe and a malformation to his left ear.
Evidence has provided that Paul has been diagnosed with psychosis since,
at least 1978. With
an IQ in the 80s Paul Reid suffers from delusions, cognitive disorder,
personality changes, anti-social personality disorder, and paranoid
schizophrenia, continuous type .
"MRI" and "PET" scans
reveal that the left side of his brain is atrophed and not functioning
properly. Dr. Xavier Amador, a clinical psychologist employed by Columbia
University and the New York Psychiatric Institute states that Paul's
mental illness, his "broken brain," render him ill-equipped to
deal with reality. Paul has taken at least eight different anti-psychotic
drugs for his mental disorders, but he still believes that he is under
government surveillance from which they have been conducting secret experiments
on his brain.
Paul Dennis Reid, Jr., convicted of killing two Captain D's
workers in 1997, and now he wants to skip his post-conviction appeals. Here, he listens to attorneys Mike
Engle and David Baker at a 1998 hearing.
File photo (Memphis - Commercial
Reid says the composite drawings of the suspect in the McDonald's and
Captain D's slayings do not match his appearance. Reid, convicted of seven
murders, is scheduled for execution Tuesday, April 29, 2003.
ROBERT SMITH /
(The Tennessean, April 24, 2003)
Reid is scheduled to be
executed for the February 1997 murders of two Nashville, Tennessee Captain
D employees (Sarah Jackson, 16 and Steve Hampton, 25). On November 26,
2002, the Supreme Court of Tennessee affirmed Reid's death sentence for the two Captain D's killings.
On March 24, 2003, Paul
Reid asked the Supreme Court of Tennessee that all appeals of his death
sentence be abandoned.
In abandoning his automatic appeals, Reid
wrote a two-page handwritten letter to the Court stating that he no longer has
confidence in the judicial system. But, since Tennessee law allows all death row Inmates
automatic post-conviction appeals as part of the "fairness safeguards" established by
the state constitution and law, Paul Dennis Reid's request to discontinue
all remaining appeals should not be legally accepted by the Supreme Court
Paul Dennis Reid, Jr.
was also convicted and sentenced to death for the killing of three people in March 1997 at
a Nashville McDonald's Restaurant and additional death sentences for the
killing of two employees in a
Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Parlor in Clarksville, Tennessee in April 1997. Automatic appeals
are still ongoing in those cases.
Court documents in the Captain D's
murders disclose that: "There is no physical evidence in this case
that establish the Petitioner's [Paul Dennis Reid's] identity as the
perpetrator." The Supreme Court of the United States reverses
convictions based upon insufficient evidence when No rational trier of
fact could have found the elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt
(see Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307, 319, 99 S.Ct. 2781, 61
L.Ed.2d 560 (1979).
So, why hasn't the
Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law?
Read the handwritten letter that Paul Reid wrote
to the Tennessee Supreme Court, which officially dropped all of his
appeals... (click here)
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State Legislators to support a Moratorium on the Death Penalty in
Tennessee and/or write:
Tennessee Governor Bredesen:
Tennessee State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243-0001
The Tennessee Administrative Office of
the Courts has published "Capital Punishment
in Tennessee: A Brief Timeline History & Overview of the Legal
Process." This overview includes a simple explanation of the
capital punishment appeals process in Tennessee.