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Defense claims accused Waffle House shooter is incompetent to stand trial

Defense claims accused Waffle House shooter is incompetent to stand trial


by Caitlyn Shelton

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Travis Reinking’s defense attorney has filed a motion stating that after testing, their experts believe he is not mentally fit to stand trial. Sources close to the case say more testing is underway to determine if the claim by the accused Waffle House shooter’s defense team is true.

Reinking is accused of killing four people in the Antioch Waffle House shooting on April 22. Authorities conducted a 36-hour manhunt for Reinking after the shooting at the restaurant along Murfreesboro Pike. He was taken into custody on April 23 after a couple spotted him going into the woods behind an apartment complex.

He was charged with four counts of murder then booked into Metro Jail with a $2 million bond, which was revoked. Officials added the following charges against Reinking: four counts of attempted murder and unlawful gun possession in the commission of a violent felony.

Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; Joe R. Perez, 20; De'Ebony Groves, 21, of Gallatin; and Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch, were killed in the shooting.

Sources tell FOX 17 News there is no decision at this time on whether Reinking is fit to stand trial. The accused killer is slated to be in court on August 22.

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