DALLAS – A man police say posed as a maintenance worker or health care provider at senior apartment complexes has been charged with capital murder in the death of an 81-year-old Dallas woman, and the authorities are reviewing hundreds of other cases.
Billy K. Chemirmir, 45, has also been indicted for attempted capital murder and robbery in two other attacks on high-ranking women, police officials said Friday. He is in the Dallas County jail on $1 million bond.
The police in the suburb of Dallas Plano were investigating Chemirmir about the suspicious death and suspicious person calls for a senior apartment complex and found the evidence in his 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris’ death in Dallas, Plano police chief Gregory Rushin said.
“Chemirmir makes use of the health care experience to his advantage in the target and exploit senior citizens, some of the most vulnerable people in our community. This is terribly disturbing,” Rushin said.
Dallas police are now reviewing approximately 750 deaths without the supervision of elderly women for possible links, said David Pughes, Dallas Police Department, executive first assistant of the chief.
“We’re not going to leave no stone unturned. Now, we have a confirmed Dallas crime. Were afraid that we could have,” he said.
Messages with two lawyers listed in court documents to have represented Chemirmir were not returned Friday.
An arrest affidavit says Chemirmir forced his way into the Plano apartment of a 91-year-old woman Monday, and told her: “you go to bed. Do not argue with me.”
The woman was smothered with a pillow into unconsciousness and robbed. However, Plano 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 on Tuesday, when they watched him throw a jewelry box in a trash can. They enter the box Harris, according to the affidavit.
Harris was found dead in her North Dallas home Tuesday, Pughes said. According to the Dallas police affidavit, her body “was what seemed to have smeared lipstick on her mouth, and a pillow on her bed had also lipsick sweep, indicating that they may have stitched.”
The keys were found in Chemirmir vehicle that fits Harris’ front-locks, police said.
Chemirmir was already wanted in an attempted capital murder in nearby Frisco, where he was accused of forcing his way into the home of a 93-year-old woman, with a pillow to smother her and stealing her jewelry, according to the order. The wife survived.
“We believe that the way that these crimes were committed, that when you are a senior and your health problems are, and you life and then you become deceased, that many people would think immediately that the natural causes,” Rushin said. “There is not an in-depth investigation in these matters, so it would be very easy to conceal, a crime that in that type of activity.”
Frisco police chief said that he would stop short to call Shemirmir a suspected serial killer because “this is the beginning of the study. We’re still trying to piece it together.”