A Kenyan man who lives illegally in the United States has been accused by Texas prosecutors of killing 11 other elderly women, whose jewels and other valuables have been stolen, the authorities said today.
Billy Chemirmir, 46, was indicted Tuesday for more counts of capital killings in the death of women, 76-94 years, according to spokesman for the Dallas County District Attorney's office, Kim Leach.
The suspect was initially arrested in March 2018 to coincide with the death of the 81-year-old Dallas woman, Lu Thi Harris, for a total of 12 alleged victims.
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The Dallas Morning News reported that Chemirmir also faces five capital murder charges in Collin County, but the district secretary's office declined to release information on Thursday and a spokesman for the district attorney's office did not respond. to messages in search of information. Judicial records in Collin County indicate that Chemirmir is charged with two counts of murder with social capital in connection with similar attacks.
In addition to the murder charges, Chemirmir is held for illegally staying in the country.
Chemirmir's lawyer, Phillip Hayes, stated Thursday that the charges this week were a surprise and that he has not yet had time to examine them.
But he noted that Chemirmir "denied from day one" that he had a role in Harris's death. "They have circumstantial evidence that puts it in the area, but that's as much as the evidence goes," Hayes said.
Fox 4 reported that the case was broken when Chemirmir made his way to the Plano apartment of a 91-year-old woman in March last year, telling her to "go to bed. Don't fight me" according to an arresting affidavit deposited in Collin County. The woman was suffocated with a pillow in the unconscious and robbed.
However, the paramedics resurrected her and she told investigators that her attacker had stolen a box containing her jewelry. The police identified Chemirmir from a license plate number and were able to find him and follow him days later, when they saw him throw a jewelry box in a garbage can. They found the Harris box, according to the affidavit.
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Plano police chief Gregory Rushin said Chemirmir used his health care experience "to his advantage in targeting and exploiting the elderly, some of the most vulnerable people in our community."
Police said investigators were examining about 750 unattended deaths of older women for possible connections.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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