STATE OF TENNESSEE v. PAUL DENNIS REID, JR.
WITH APPENDIX & CONCURRING/DISSENTING OPINION
James A. Simmons and Thomas F. Bloom, Nashville, Tennessee, for the
Appellant, Paul Dennis Reid, Jr.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore,
Solicitor General; Jennifer L. Smith, Associate Deputy Attorney
General; Victor S. Johnson, District Attorney General; and Arthur F.
Bieber, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State
The defendant, Paul Dennis Reid, Jr., was convicted of two counts of
premeditated first degree murder, two counts of especially aggravated
kidnapping, and one count of especially aggravated robbery. In
imposing a death sentence for each count of first degree murder, the
jury found three aggravating circumstances, i.e., that the defendant
was previously convicted of one or more felonies whose statutory
elements involved the use of violence to the person, that the murders
were especially heinous, atrocious or cruel in that they involved
torture or serious physical abuse beyond that necessary to produce
death, and that the murders were committed for the purpose of
avoiding, interfering with, or preventing a lawful arrest or
prosecution of the defendant or another, had been proven beyond a
reasonable doubt. Tenn. Code Ann. S 39-13-204(i)(2), (5), (6) (2003).
In addition, the jury found that the evidence of aggravating
circumstances outweighed evidence of mitigating circumstances beyond a
reasonable doubt. Tenn. Code Ann. S 39-13-204(c) (2003). The Court of
Criminal Appeals affirmed the convictions and the death sentences.
IN THE MATTER OF EUGENE BURNETT ELLIS v. JERRY GLENN ELLIS AND SARAH
L. KERLEY, GLEN C. SHULTS, Guardian Ad Litem
Glen C. Shults, Asheville, North Carolina, pro se.
Sarah L. Kerley, Glendale, California, pro se
The Trial Court awarded fees to the Guardian Ad Litem who asked the
Trial Court to award him fees and costs for collecting the initial
award. The Trial Court refused. On appeal, we affirm.
DEBRA ANN WILLIAMS v. GEORGE JAY WILLIAMS, IV
James A. Meaney, III, Atlanta, Georgia, for the Appellant, George Jay
Lisa Z. Bowman, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Debra Ann
Debra Ann Williams ("Mother") and George Jay Williams, IV ("Father")
were divorced in 1998. Mother was designated the custodial parent of
the parties' two minor children. In 2003, Father filed a Petition for
Modification and Contempt seeking, in part, a change in custody or
visitation, and relief from the requirement that Father carry life
insurance or, in the alternative, that Mother also be required to
maintain life insurance. Mother filed a counter claim requesting, in
part, increased child support and the right to claim the tax exemption
for both children. After a trial, the Trial Court entered an order
holding, inter alia, "that there has been no change in circumstances
which would justify the modification of the final judgment" as
requested by Father and dismissing Father's petition for modification.
The Trial Court, however, increased child support in accordance with
the guidelines and held that for purposes of calculating child support
under the guidelines, Father was not entitled to a reduction in his
annual earnings for state income taxes he may pay. Father appeals
raising issues regarding custody, visitation, life insurance, child
support, and attorney's fees. We reverse as to the award to Mother of
the tax exemption for one child, and affirm as to all other issues.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. TERRY EDWARD JONES
Richard A. Spivey, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Terry
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; William G. Lamberth, II,
Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney
General; and J. Lewis Combs, Assistant District Attorney General, for
the Appellee, State of Tennessee.
Terry Edward Jones pleaded guilty to solicitation of first degree
murder, for which he received an eight-year incarcerative sentence.
Aggrieved of the trial court's failure to grant his request for
alternative sentencing, he brings the instant appeal challenging his
manner of service. After a thorough review of the record and
applicable law, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.