UPDATE: Judgement surrounds Waffle House civil suit
UPDATE: 5:53 p.m. A statement was released today by the Attorney Joel E. Brown, representing Jeffrey Reinking in the recent civil law suits which have been filed against him. The statement by Brown, says that Daniel Horwitz, attorney for the victims family, has offered numerous allegations that continue the the trend of inaccuracies surrounding Jeffery Reinking's conduct. Brown feels that the complaint is flawed and exaggerated and everyone should be trying to find the truth for the grieving family.
According to our affiliate station in Nashville, WSMV, is reporting a second civil lawsuit filed Wednesday against Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking and his father, by the family of the 23-year-old Akilah DaSilva, one of the victims.
The $100 million wrongful death suit "seeks to hold both defendants accountable for their unconscionable conduct."
This is the second complaint filed in this case against the suspect, Reinking and his father, the first being from the family of 20-year-old Joe Perez in May. Their lawsuit claims Reinking's negligent conduct caused Perez's death.
In both civil suits the next-of-kin are claiming the wrongful death of loved ones under Tenn. code, because Jeffrey Reinking returned weapons to his son that had been previously confiscated despite knowledge of his sons mental health and being a danger to others.
According to the complaint filed with the Davidson County Circuit Court in Nashville, Jeffrey Reinking asked Tazewell County Sheriff's Office to take possession of the firearms and ammunition that had become surrendered. Jeffrey Reinking did get possession of the firearms around August 24, 2017 even though he knew his son was having problems.
After the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office made Jeffrey Reinking agree to not return the weapons to his son, he still did so, even though Travis Reinking did not have right to possess the fire arms and his Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) has been removed.
Jeffrey Reinking still returned the weapons to his son knowing that his FOID card had been taken, but due to a potential move out of state Jeffrey gave the weapons back to his son. Because of these actions, the family of DaSilva believes that Jeffrey Reinking acted unreasonably, and was negligent in the situation which directly resulted in the death of DaSilva.