Car dealer denied bond in deaths of employees
Victims allegedly asked for raises
ATLANTA — A car dealer accused of killing two employees because they kept asking for pay raises was denied bond Tuesday.
Rolandas Milinavicius, 38, a native of the eastern European nation of Lithuania, is charged in the shooting deaths of Inga Contreras, 25, and Martynas Simokaitis, 28, both also from Lithuania, authorities said. Police said he shot the two Thursday after they kept asking for more pay.
As Fulton County Magistrate Judge Sylvia McCoy read the charges against Milinavicius — two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — he listened impassively through an interpreter.
After a brief hearing at the Fulton County Jail, McCoy set the next court date for Aug. 14.
Milinavicius asked a sheriff’s deputy through the interpreter where he could find a shaving kit, but he was not given one.
A friend who came to the jail with a woman he identified as Milinavicius’ wife told reporters he was “totally surprised” at the situation.
“I knew him as a good guy and a businessman,” the man said, giving his name only as Vladimir. The woman didn’t talk to reporters.
Lisa Maidel, whose manage- ment business is two doors done from Milinavicius’ dealership in a strip mall in East Point, just south of Atlanta, said Milinavicius’ wife came pounding on their door Thursday afternoon.
“We just saw the fear and terror in her eyes,” Maidel said. “Every time she tried to describe it, she would just freeze up and hyperventilate.”
After Maidel called 911, the woman kept asking whether it was her husband who was hurt, saying in broken English that she had only seen legs on the floor, Maidel said. The couple had a child, she said.
Milinavicius, who was having financial problems, told police he shot Contreras and Simokaitis after they asked for raises, said police in East Point.
“He told us that he was under a lot of stress,” East Point police Capt. Russell Popham said. “Unfortunately, he decided to take his anger out with violence.”