After hearing the closing arguments in the trial of an Oakland County couple accused of murdering a loss-prevention officer last January, two juries must decide if Greg Wainio’s death was intentional.
The 20-year-old defendant Samantha Lomasney went to the Waterford Kmart with her boyfriend, co-defendant James Woodworth, to steal DVDs to support their drug habit. Wainio, 36, was killed as Lomasney attempted to drive away with the loss-prevention officer in pursuit, dragging him to his death.
Lomasney’s attorney Joseph Levine argued that she was a frightened young woman who panicked and didn’t know that Wainio was attached to the car.
Prosecutor Jason Perncik told the jurors that the defendant’s actions were intentional.
“Samantha Lomasney was not going to let anyone or anything get in the way of stealing those CDs and selling them to support her drug habit,” Perncik said. “She was not going to stop, her only goal was to escape with the stolen DVDs.”
The jurors will have to decide whether the death was intentional, which will determine the charges the couple will face.
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