Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking has been declared “mentally incompetent” — and may no longer stand trial, according to reports.
State officials reached out to the victims’ families on Monday and informed them that their months-long mental evaluation of Reinking, who allegedly gunned down 17 people on April 22, was complete.
A motion was said to have been filed — based on the finding of incompetence — asking that Reinking be hospitalized at a mental care facility, according to WTVF.
“We were informed they have labeled this coward who killed my brother and the Waffle House victims incompetent,” seethed Abede Dasilve, brother of victim Akilah Dasilva, in an all-caps Facebook posting.
“Court is August 22nd…I need everybody to come out and stand with us in this fight,” she said. “This is racism at its highest and we will not let this just fade away and let them die in vain!!!”
Reinking was arrested a day after the Waffle House shooting in Antioch, Tenn., following a massive manhunt. Authorities have never released an official motive for the murders, but many suspect that they were racially motivated — due to the fact that Reinking was white and his victims were black or Hispanic.
The young man allegedly used an AR-15, which he claimed to have gotten from his dad.
DaSilva and at least one other mother have filed separate lawsuits against both Reinking and his father, Jeffrey Reinking — claiming he should have never given his son access to guns.
Reinking has reportedly had several run-ins with the law. He once called police and claimed that Taylor Swift was stalking and harassing him. On another occasion, he went to a community pool and began swimming in his underwear and fighting with lifeguards.
Reinking reportedly went to his father’s office building later that day — with a rifle — and began threatening employees.
When WTVF spoke to him by phone back in May, he claimed to have been completely competent to stand trial.
“I’m perfectly healthy,” Reinking said, noting how he wanted to represent himself.
“I didn’t like those attorneys,” he added.
Despite his comments, Reinking’s feelings apparently changed and he later decided to use a public defender. The lawyer was the one who ordered up the mental evaluation.
Reinking is reportedly scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 22 for his competency hearing.
Published at Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:32:13 +0000