Attorney: Death row inmate is delusional

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee death row inmate who has been ruled competent enough to decide the course of his case continues his post-conviction appeals in the deaths of two workers at a fast food restaurant.

Paul Dennis Reid was convicted of killing seven people at fast food restaurants in a 1997 crime spree in Nashville and Clarksville. But his attorney, Kelly Gleason, said Reid's mental competency needs to be re-evaluated.

During a hearing in Davidson County Criminal Court Monday, Gleason said Reid believes he's getting out of jail on June 1 and thinks she is an actress.

The petition he filed argues ineffective counsel because Reid believes he was under surveillance by secret government agencies and his trial lawyers should have found tapes that prove his innocence.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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