Civil proceedings halt in Davidson County against alleged Waffle House shooter

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A Davidson County Circuit Court judge ruled Friday that Travis Reinking’s civil proceedings will be put on hold until the criminal case against him is settled.  

“I think right now the thing to do is to stay the deposition of Travis Reinking,” Judge Joseph Binkley said in court today. Reinking was set to testify in a civil deposition Tuesday. “Until we determine what criminal charges, which has not occurred yet but will likely occur soon.” 

Reinking is currently behind bars charged with four counts of criminal homicide and four counts of attempted homicide. 

While in custody, Reinking was sent to a state mental health facility to receive treatment. Last week he was deemed competent to stand trial, which clears the way for the District Attorney to present the case to the Grand Jury.  

Court documents show the criminal case was sent to the Grand Jury last Tuesday. The jurors will decide what charges, if any, Reinking will face in court. 

In a response, the attorney for Akilah DaSilva’s family, which is suing Reinking, says the civil proceedings should move forward.  

Daniel Horwitz argues that Reinking can plead the Fifth if he feels a question asked during the civil proceeding will hurt him in his criminal proceedings.  

A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 7.

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