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Mental hearings continue for serial killer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Paul Dennis Reid frightened Middle Tennessee for months.  Now, more than 10 years after his murder spree, he is back in court.

Experts are deciding whether he has the mental capacity to choose to die.

Reid is on death row for murdering seven people during a crime spree that terrified Middle Tennessee in 1997.

Reid wants to die but his family and others want to spare him the death penalty.

At issue is whether Reid is mentally competent to decide his fate.

Dr. Daniel Martell spent more than six hours talking one on one with Reid last month.

"He was fit, well nourished and well groomed," Dr. Martell told the court.  "He spoke about the presidential election and the relative merits of Hillary Clinton versus Barack Obama."

Dr. Martell said while Reid does have mental issues, they are not as bad as he would have others believe.

He said, "Although I do believe he has a mental disorder, at this time I do believe he is exaggerating about it."

Reid's lawyers fought back, questioning Dr. Martell's experience in treating and testing the mentally ill.

Dr. Martell responded, "I do not treat patients and I haven't going on 15 years now."

Reid will be in and out of courtrooms through most of the week listening to testimony from much of the same experts about whether he's mentally able to decide whether he wants to die.

His sister filed the motion for him to stop execution.  She was in the court Tuesday but did not wish to talk about the case.

The forensic psychologist on the stand Tuesday also testified Reid was concerned further appeals would only increase the pain of his victim's families.

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