DALLAS (AP) — A man accused of killing nearly two dozen elderly women and convicted of murdering two women last year was killed by his partner in a Texas prison Tuesday morning, an official said.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Hannah Haney said Billy Chemirmir, 50, was found dead in his cell. She said Chemirmir’s cellmate, who is serving a sentence for murder, had been identified as the attacker, but said she could not reveal the cellmate’s identity or how Chemirmir was murdered.
Authorities said Chemirmir preyed on elderly women in the Dallas area over a two-year period, murdering them and stealing their valuables. In 2018, a 91-year-old woman was caught after she survived an attack and told police that Chemirmir had forced his way into her apartment at an independent living community for seniors, tried to smother her with a pillow and Took away her jewellery.
Police said they found Chemirmir the next day in the parking lot of his apartment complex, where he had thrown away a large red jewelry box containing jewelry and cash. Documents in the jewelry box led them to the home of 81-year-old Lou Thea Harris, who was found dead in her bedroom.
Chemirmir’s first capital murder trial for the murder of ended in a false trial In Dallas County. it was later convicted In the second trial for Harris’s death and Convicted of second murder In the death of 87-year-old Mary Brooks.
Following his second sentencing, family members of Chemermir, who was charged with murder, gathered at a Dallas courthouse to face him. at ellen french house victim impact statementShe told Chemimir, who was wearing a striped prison uniform, that she wanted him to see two photos of her mother: one of Norma French alive, and the other of the 85-year-old after she was murdered.
“This is my beautiful mother,” House said, showing the first photo. “This is my mother when you snatched her wedding ring from her finger which she couldn’t even take off.”
Chemirmir, who maintained his innocence, was serving two sentences of life without the possibility of parole. He was imprisoned in the Caufield Unit in the Tennessee Colony, located about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.
Haney said the Office of the Inspector General is investigating his death.