Monday, August 27, 2007
Can you imagine what it would feel like to live your life in a perpetual nightmare? Imagine if you truly believed, with every bone in your body, that the military government has been conspiring against you for the majority of your life and that all the successes and failures that you experienced were dictated by these conspirators. Paul Dennis Reid is living this nightmare.
Paul Reid believes that his attorneys are part of a conspiracy to psychologically torture him and that he is under surveillance by a secret government agency. He has tactile hallucinations and is totally out of touch with reality. Reid has been diagnosed with schizophrenia - paranoid type as well as schizoaffective disorder as well as left temporal lobe dysfunction, probably the result of a childhood accident that cracked his skull.
Last year, the state's own forensic psychologist determined that Paul Reid was delusional and therefore could not rationally decide to drop his appeals. The prosecutors had no choice but to concur that Reid was mentally incompetent, a rare admission by the state. But now, in a Davidson County courtroom, lawyers for the state Attorney General’s office are again attempting to prove that Reid is a competent defendant and capable of handling his own legal affairs. The most recent competency hearing began on July 31st and included the testimony of Dr. William Bernet, a forensic psychiatrist and expert for the state, who in past hearings, has testified that Reid made up his illness and has “pretended to have delusions.”
Judge Blackburn adjourned the competency hearing until September 4 when the court will hear from a defense expert. Read more about this latest attempt to declare Reid competent in an article by Sarah Kelley of the Nashville Scene HERE. Kudos to Sarah from the Scene as she continues to write amazing articles about Tennessee's death penalty system.
He planned and pulled off several robberies. He also used cold blooded calculation when deciding to execute his defenseless victims. His living is of no benefit to this planet. Execute Paul Reid and rid the world of this human debris. I hear they are looking for a country and western singer in hell. Maybe he can get a booking down there.
I don't have to imagine. I know what it feels like. Paul Reid murdered my daughter while she was working at McDonalds in Hermitage 12 YEARS AGO, to the day. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BURY A 17 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER? I do.
This guy is a manipulator. Not crazy.
He planned many robberies and killed many people.
I hope you anti death penalty people all suffer greatly over his death. Either way, it won't amount to the suffering of his victims or his victims families.
If anyone really wants to help this man, they will do him and everyone else a favor and sentence him to his due punishment; death. Then maybe everyone can have some peace.
Had you lost a friend, as we as a girl you loved you would not be singing his praises as you are.
- Andy Esslinger
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