Serial killer appears in court for mental health hearings - WKRN News 2

Serial killer appears in court for mental health hearings

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Serial killer Paul Dennis Reid appeared in a Nashville courtroom on Monday where psychiatric experts battled over his mental health and whether he is "sane" enough to be put to death.

Now 50-years-old, Reid is gray and so hard of hearing he needed to wear headphones to understand what was being said.

Judge Cheryl Blackburn will decide whether Reid, who was convicted in several slayings that took place in the mid-1990s, is mentally competent to play a role in his own execution.

Reid wants to die.  His family and other supporters want to save his life.

The deciding factor will be whether or not Reid has lost his mind.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Woods testified that Reid isn't able to discern the real world from his imaginary one.

He testified Reid has an imaginary girlfriend named "April" and that he plans to meet up with her in Beverly Hills, California once he released from jail in a couple of years.

That, he said, is not all of Reid's fantasies.

Dr. Woods said, "He has been monitored both by video and audio since 1985 by a government agency called Scientific Technology."

Reid's fears of government conspiracy go further.

Dr. Woods said he believes his attorney is an actress and that his entire life has been scripted. 

An attorney provided by the prosecution, however, doesn't by it.

Dr. William Bernet said, "I think what stands out is that Mr. Reid himself says he's been manufacturing, making up psychiatric symptoms since 1977."

Reid will be back in court Tuesday morning for continued testimony on his mental health.

The judge is expected to make a decision in the coming weeks.

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