Judge: Accused Waffle House shooter not fit to stand trial, committed to mental facility


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    UPDATE: A judge ruled accused Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking is not fit to stand trial and will be transferred to a mental health facility.

    On Wednesday, a judge said Reinking suffered from a mental illness, which a physiologist identified as Schizophrenia.

    Reinking, who is facing four counts of murder, will be transferred to Middle Tennessee Health Institute.

    The transfer to a mental hospital does not mean Reinking won't have to stand trial, but it's likely cause a delay for months.

    Psychologist Rena Isen testified that Reinking is mentally unstable and is a danger to himself or others. Isen believes Reinking's mental illness can be treated with medication.

    Once it's determined that Reinking is legally competent, the hospital will immediately notify the court and Reinking will be transferred back to jail. Per state law, a check of Reinking's competency will be done every six months or more frequently.

    Background:

    Travis 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 near Mountain Springs Drive.

    He was charged with four counts of murder then booked into Metro Jail with a $2 million bond, which was revoked.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.

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    The man accused of gunning down four patrons in an Antioch Waffle House has a court appearance scheduled on Wednesday.

    Court proceedings for Travis Reinking are slated for 1 p.m.

    A judge is expected to determine whether Reinking should be sent to a mental hospital.

    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 near Mountain Springs Drive.

    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.


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