Waffle House shooting case returns to court Thursday

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FILE – In this Aug. 22, 2018, file photo, Travis Reinking appears at a hearing in Nashville, Tenn. The father of Reinking who is accused of killing four people at a Waffle House in Tennessee last year pleaded not guilty Thursday, April 25, 2019, to charges related to the gun used in the shooting. Jeffrey Reinking is accused of giving an AR-15-style rifle to his 30-year-old son, Travis Reinking, who authorities said used it in Nashville on April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The criminal case against a man who killed four people in a shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House in 2018 is returning to court.

A hearing is scheduled Thursday in Nashville in the case against Travis Reinking, which had been delayed by mental health issues. He faces four counts of first-degree murder, among other charges.

Reinking pleaded not guilty in February 2019. Authorities said he was nearly naked and wearing only a green jacket when he began shooting in the Nashville restaurant before a patron wrestled the rifle away from him.

The case was put on hold for months after the attack while Reinking was being treated for schizophrenia. A judge later deemed him fit for trial and he was indicted in 2019 on 17 counts including murder.

Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk’s office has said in a court filing that it would seek life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Reinking also faces multiple lawsuits over the shooting, as does his father, Jeffrey Reinking. The father pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in Illinois over accusations that he illegally gave his son the AR-15-style rifle used in the shooting.

The judge in the case has issued a gag order that restricts lawyers from discussing it.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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