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A Kenyan man in the U.S. illegally has been charged by Texas prosecutors with the killing of at least six elderly women whose jewelry and other valuable items that he stole, authorities said Thursday.
Billy Chemirmir, 46, was indicted Tuesday on six counts of capital murder in the death of the women, aged between 76 and 94 years old, according to Dallas County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Kim Leach. The suspect was initially arrested in March 2018 in connection with the death of the 81-year-old Dallas woman Lu Thi Harris.
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The Dallas Morning News reported that Chemirmir five faces charges of capital murder in Collin County, but the county district clerk’s office refused to release any information Thursday a spokesman for the district attorney’s office did not reply to messages seeking information. Court records in Collin County show that Chemirmir is charged with two counts of attempted capital murder for similar attacks.
In addition to the murder charges, Chemirmir is held on a charge of illegally in the netherlands.
Chemirmir’s attorney, Phillip Hayes, said Thursday that this week the costs were a surprise and that he had not had time to review them yet.
“These cases came out of nowhere and I have no information about them yet,” he said.
Billy Chemirmir. (Dallas County Sheriff’s Department)
But he noted that Chemirmir “has refused it since Day 1” that he played a role in Harris’ death. “They have a circumstantial evidence that puts him in the neighborhood, but that is as far as the evidence goes,” Hayes said.
Fox 4 reported that the break in the case when Chemirmir forced his way into the Plano apartment of a 91-year-old woman in March of last year, and told her: “you go to bed. Do not fight against me,” according to an arrest affidavit filed in Collin County. The woman was smothered with a pillow into unconsciousness and robbed.
However, paramedics revived her and she told the investigators that her attacker had stolen a box with her jewelry. The police identified Chemirmir of a license plate and were able to find and tail him days later, when they watched him throw a jewelry box in a trash can. They enter the box Harris, according to the affidavit.
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Plano police chief Gregory Rushin said at the time that Chemirmir used his health care experience to his advantage in the target and exploit senior citizens, some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”
The police said that investigators were reviewing approximately 750 deaths without the supervision of elderly women for possible links.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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