Paul Dennis Reid’s cause of death revealed

Paul Dennis Reid
Paul Dennis Reid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Convicted serial killer Paul Dennis Reid died from complications due to pneumonia, heart failure and upper respiratory issues, sources confirm to News 2.

Reid died Friday evening at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry Medical College. He was 55 years old.

Sources told News 2 the medical examiner will be releasing the official, final report in two or three days.

Reid was sentenced to death seven times in April 1999 for killing seven workers at three fast-food restaurants in Nashville and Clarksville in 1997.

Paul Dennis Reid
Paul Dennis Reid

His murder spree began in February of 1997 at a Donelson Captain D’s restaurant. He forced 16-year-old employee Sara Jackson and 25-year-old manager Steve Hampton into a cooler then shot them execution style.

One month later, in March, four employees at a McDonald’s Hermitage were forced into a store room. Reid shot 17-year-old Angela Brown, 27-year-old Ronald Santiago, and 23-year-old Robert Sewell execution style.

He also attempted to shoot employee Jose Ramirez Gonzalez, but his weapon failed, leading him to stab the man 17 times. Gonzalez survived and later testified against Reid in court.

The third set of murders took place in April of 1997. Reid traveled to Clarksville, kidnapped two employees of a local Baskin Robbins, slashed their throats and dumped them at Dunbar Cave State Park.

The bodies of 21-year-old Angela Holmes and 16-year-old Michelle Mace were found the following day.

Reid was arrested several months later in June of 1997.

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