Feb 4, 2022 - News

Jury deliberations start today in Waffle House shooting trial

Travis Reinking yesterday in court.
Travis Reinking yesterday in court. Photo: Stephanie Amador/The Tennessean/USA Today Network

The Waffle House shooting trial is drawing to a close after four days of emotional and intense testimony.

  • Closing arguments are set to start this morning in the trial of Travis Reinking, the man accused of the 2018 shooting that killed four people at a Nashville Waffle House. The jury is expected to begin deliberating later today.

Driving the news: Testimony yesterday once again focused on Reinking's state of mind during the shooting, which the jury will have to consider as they evaluate his insanity defense.

  • A second expert witness said Reinking, 33, had severe schizophrenia that prevented him from understanding that what he was doing was wrong.
  • Assistant district attorney Jan Norman pushed back forcefully, saying the expert failed to consider all of the evidence in the case and could not make a definitive judgment.

State of play: The prosecution closed its rebuttal by showing the jury a pair of pictures they said Reinking had drawn on styrofoam food containers in jail.

  • The drawings showed renditions of the shooting, including a stick figure that appeared to be firing a gun toward people at the Waffle House.
  • Both drawings included an image of someone referring to victims with a racial slur. One appeared to show a flying saucer floating overhead.
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