Wainio, a 36-year-old Kmart "loss prevention specialist," died last Thursday in Waterford, Mich. after grabbing onto the vehicle of two alleged shoplifters after a parking lot confrontation, according to Michigan police.
Photo: Greg Wainio
Now, the couple inside the vehicle, James Woodworth and Samantha Lomasney, have been charged with first-degree murder.
They were also charged Friday with unarmed robbery, and Lomasney was charged with causing death while driving on a suspended or revoked license. Both were held without bond in the Oakland County Jail.
Photo: Samantha Lomasney and James Woodworth
Police said the couple stole the CDs to feed their addiction to heroin and painkillers. When Wainio chased after them and grabbed the vehicle, he was dragged across the parking lot before being crushed to death when Lomasney hit two concrete pillars, said police.
"Go, go, go!" Woodworth yelled out, according to police.
Witnesses followed the pair to Pontiac, Mich., where police arrested them.
The victim was remembered fondly.
Wainio "was a big guy with a big heart" said his older brother, John Wainio, to the Detroit Free Press.
"He was 6-foot-7 and 290 pounds and committed to doing the right thing and helping others…and he took pride in his job," Wainio said.