Texas Man Charged with Killing 18 to Retrial

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Billy Chemirmir (49) faces life imprisonment without parole if convicted for capital murder in the killing of Lu Thi Harris, 81, in which he smothered.

After the death of his first jury, the case against him is being retried.

Billy Chemirmir, 49 years old, could face life imprisonment without parole if convicted for capital murder in the death of Lu Thi Harris (81). Prosecutors say he followed the widow from Walmart and killed her. He also stole her jewelry, cash, and other personal items.

Chemirmir faces capital murder charges in all 18 of the women’s deaths — 13 in Dallas County and five in nearby Collin County. But, he is only set to face trial for Harris’ murder. John Creuzot is the Dallas County District Attorney. He’s not seeking the death penalty in Harris’ murder. However, he said that he would try Chemirmir for at most one more death.

Chemirmir maintained that he is innocent.

Loren Adair, Smith’s 91-year old mother, Phyllis Payne was among the Chemirmir charged with killing, said that she was shocked by November’s mistrial and would attend the retrial.

“We want justice and we want closure, and we want him to not be able to hurt anyone again,” Smith said.

Chemirmir, aged 91, was arrested after Chemirmir forced his way into Mary Annis Bartelsaid’s apartment at an independent community for older persons and put a pillow over her head. Bartel survived the attack and later found that she had lost her jewelry.

According to police officers, Chemirmir was armed with cash and jewelry as he was being tracked down to an apartment nearby after the attack. Police say that he was carrying documents in a large, red jewelry box. They found him at a house where Harris was found dead, with lipstick on his pillow.

The number of people Chemirmir was accused of killing grew after his arrest, with most of the families of his alleged victims only learning months or years after their loved one’s death that authorities believed they had been killed.

Chemirmir was accused of murdering most of the victims. He was found dead in his apartments in independent living communities for seniors, where he allegedly forced entry or pretended to be a handyman. He’s also accused of killing women in private homes, including the widow of a man he had cared for in his job as an at-home caregiver.

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