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Father of slain child relieved about suspect capture

June 5, 1997

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Doyle Brown says he should be thrilled that police believe they’ve caught the man who killed his 17-year-old daughter and four other workers at two fast food restaurants.

``But I was almost matter of fact. Like `OK, what’s next,‴ the father of Andrea Brown said Wednesday, one day after Texas parolee Paul Dennis Reid was charged in the execution-style slayings.

He is relieved, ``but I can’t say I feel good. It won’t bring Andrea back,″ he said with tears in his eyes as he sat on his front porch.

The house is within walking distance of the McDonald’s where the high school student worked part-time.

Reid, 39, is charged with murdering Ms. Brown and two others at the McDonald’s on March 23, and two employees at a nearby Captain D’s on Feb. 16.

The sole survivor of the McDonald’s massacre identified Reid in a photo lineup. So did employees at the Captain D’s, who said he came into the restaurant the day before the slayings there.

His fingerprint was reportedly on the driver’s license of the slain Captain’s D’s restaurant manager.

He was ordered jailed without bond Tuesday.

Reid says he’s innocent.

``I pray that the media and society in general will not convict me,″ Reid said at his arraignment Tuesday, as the families of the victims looked on. ``I’d like the victims to know that I am not the person who executed or caused any bodily harm.″

Authorities are investigating whether Reid may have been involved in 10 other killings: seven people at a Palatine, Ill., Brown’s Chicken & Pasta restaurant in 1993; a the January slaying of a Shoney’s night manager in Nashville; and the April kidnap-slaying of two Baskin-Robbins workers in Clarksville.

``We think he is very important to our investigation,″ Palatine police Cmdr. Jim Haider said Wednesday. He said police ``have reason to believe″ Reid may have been there at the time of the killings on Jan. 8, 1993, he said.

In Clarksville, police say they don’t have any leads connecting Reid to the slayings there, but note that Reid drove a red car, and a red car was seen near the ice cream shop before the kidnapping.

Reid worked as a dishwasher at a suburban Shoney’s from the fall of 1995 until this February, when he was fired for undisclosed reasons.

Reid was released from a Texas prison in early 1990 after serving seven years of a 20-year sentence for aggravated armed robbery.

Police investigating the Tennessee killings checked the backgrounds of suburban restaurant workers, including 400 employees of Shoney’s, earlier this year. But they did not realize Reid was a parolee because he had given a false birth date on his job application.

But after Reid allegedly confronted the manager who fired him from his restaurant job on Sunday, police checked his fingerprints.

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