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Travis Reinking breaks silence, says he plans to represent self in murder case

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(NASHVILLE/CNN) -- The man accused of shooting up a Nashville Waffle House, and killing four people last month has remained stone faced throughout his case.       

He recently broke that silence when he called a Nashville reporter from jail.

Travis Reinking, formerly of Morton, called a reporter from WTVF-TV from a maximum security prison at the Davidson County Jail. He wanted to talk about his case, his mental health and his lawyers.

Reinking is held without bond accused of a mass shooting, killing four at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tenn. last month.

The victims killed were 29-year-old Taurean Sanderlin of Goodlettsville, 20-year-old Joe Perez of Nashville, 21-year-old DeEbony Groves of Gallatin, and 23-year-old Akilah Dasilva of Antioch.

The brother of Perez is suing Reinking's father, Jeffrey, in Tazewell County Court for allegedly giving his son his firearms back after his Firearm Owners Identification Card was revoked following an attempt to jump the White House fence. 

Reinking was arrested the next day after a massive manhunt, booked into the jail, and then he decided he wanted to talk.

"About what I'm thinking and what I I'd like to say on my behalf and stuff like that," said Reinking.

Reinking is currently undergoing a mental evaluation. In the days after his arrest, Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall talked about Reinking's behavior and compared him to another mass shooter in the jail.

That would be Emmanuel Samson, whose charged with killing Melanie Crow last year at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, also in Antioch.

"I would use the word a little more normal for this one compared to the Emmanuel case as it relates to interaction, that's probably the word that's been used the most,” said Hall.

Since Reinking's arrest, many have wondered if he'll try using the insanity defense. The reporter asked him about his mental fitness. Reinking replied he was “perfectly healthy.”

As for the shooting at the Waffle House? He wasn't ready to talk about that.

"I'd rather not in the setting I'm at right now," said Reinking.

But Reinking did talk about his pending criminal case. He currently has two appointed lawyers, but he says he plans to handle his own legal defense.

"That's the thing I'm choosing to represent myself. So, I don't know how that works. I didn't like those attorneys,” said Reinking.

Reinking will likely tell the judge of his plans at his next court appearance on June 1.

Reinking's call time expired before the reporter could ask more questions. By calling the reporter and talking about the case, he reportedly violated a gag order, and Reinking now could face a contempt charge.

Now, his calls are restricted.

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