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Man convicted in 7 slayings dies in Tenn. hospital

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BRUCE SCHREINER | November 1, 2013 10:00 PM EST | AP


A drifter who was convicted of killing seven people in a series of Tennessee fast-food robberies in 1997 died Friday at a Nashville hospital.

Paul Dennis Reid, 55, was pronounced dead at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, the state Department of Corrections said.

Department spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said the cause of death would be determined by the state medical examiner's office.

Reid was sentenced to death for the slayings of seven people at fast-food restaurants in Nashville and Clarksville, most of them teenagers.

"Glad he's dead," said Doyle Brown, whose 17-year-old daughter, Andrea, was among three people killed at a McDonald's in the Nashville area.

"I wished it had happened through the justice system several years ago, rather than him just getting sick and dying. But he's done, and I'm good with that."

Reid, a former Texas drifter, came to Nashville in hopes of becoming a country singer.

He was fired from his job as a dishwasher at a Nashville Shoney's in February 1997 for losing his temper and throwing a plate at another worker.

The next day, Sarah Jackson, 16, and Steve Hampton, 25, were slain execution-style at a Captain D's restaurant not far from the Shoney's.

One month later, Ronald Santiago, 27; Robert A. Sewell Jr., 23; and Andrea Brown were shot and killed in a midnight robbery at a McDonald's a few miles from the Captain D's.

A month later, Angela Holmes, 21, and Michelle Mace, 16, were kidnapped in a robbery at a Baskin-Robbins ice cream store in Clarksville, about 50 miles northwest of Nashville near the Kentucky border. Their throats were cut and their bodies dumped at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area.

Reid was arrested in June 1997 and linked to the murders after police say he attempted to kidnap and kill the Shoney's manager who fired him.