Car dealer de­nied bond in deaths of em­ploy­ees

Vic­tims al­legedly asked for raises

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Gio­vanna Dell’Orto

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.”

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