Judge: Civil case against Travis Reinking will go to trial after no response filed

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A civil lawsuit filed against Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking will proceed after he did not provide a response to the suit in an appropriate amount of time, according to a judge. 

The lawsuit was filed against both Reinking and his father Jeffery on behalf of Akilah DaSilva, one of the victims of the shooting, by a family member in July 2018. 

According to Davidson Co. Circuit Court Judge Joseph P. Binkley, a jury trial will now proceed in the matter because Reinking was properly served paperwork multiple times but failed to file a response. 

The lawsuit was initially filed on Jan. 11, 2018 and Reinking has severed the paperwork on July 18, 2018. He did not submit a response. 

Then Plaintiff Shaundelle Brooks, DaSilva’s mother, filed an amended complaint on Jan. 30, 2019. Reinking was again “properly served” the paperwork but failed to provide a response.

According to the order, a local rule establishes that response, if any, was due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Since no response was provided by Reinking, it allowed the Brooks to then file the “Motion for Entry of Default Judgement Against Travis Reinking As To Plaintiff’s Civil Conspiracy Claim,” which was also served. 

The motion, which was granted by the judge, contents that if no response is given then the claims set forth by the lawsuit be admitted by default and a trial ordered.

However, the judge’s order only applies to Travis Reinking, not his father. 

Since this lawsuit was filed in civil court, the trial will proceed separately from the criminal proceedings against Reinking that are currently underway. 

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