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    April 2021 trial date set for Billy Chemirmir, accused of smothering elderly in Dallas, Collin counties

    He is indicted on capital murder charges in the deaths of 12; civil suits link him to the deaths of 10 others.

    By Charles Scudder
    Dallas News

    Billy Chemirmir, the serial-killing suspect linked to the deaths of 22 elderly people in Collin and Dallas counties, will face trial in April 2021.

    According to a court document filed Friday, the trial will begin April 5, 2021.

    Chemirmir has been indicted on 12 counts of capital murder and two counts of attempted capital murder. He faces the death penalty in the deaths of at least two alleged victims: Lu Thi Harris, who was 81 when she died March 20, 2018, and Phyllis Payne, who was 91 when she died May 14, 2016.

    Chemirmir has maintained his innocence. He is in the Dallas County Jail in lieu of $11.6 million bail.

    In all, Chemirmir has been linked to 22 deaths at Dallas-area senior living complexes, potentially making him one of Texas most prolific serial killers. Besides the 12 deaths he has been charged with, civil lawsuits have linked him to 10 others. The families of those 10 have produced police records or amended death certificates stating that investigators have said they believe Chemirmir killed their loved ones.

    The Chemirmir case was featured in a two-part series called Guardians that ran in The Dallas Morning News in December.

    The civil lawsuits allege that security at the senior living complexes involved allowed Chemirmir access and that they didnt do enough to prevent harm to residents during the alleged killing spree.

    Chemirmir is accused of smothering residents and taking jewelry and other precious items from their apartments. Smothering can be difficult to spot as a cause of death, so many of the deaths were initially marked as being of natural causes.

    After a Plano woman survived an attack at Preston Place Retirement Community on March 19, 2018 the same day another body was found across the hall police identified Chemirmir as a suspect through suspicious person and vehicle reports from at least three senior living communities.

    Plano police were waiting at Chemirmirs apartment when he came home the next day and tossed a jewelry box into a dumpster. They arrested him on an outstanding warrant and collected the box, which led them to Harris home.

    Dallas police officers doing a welfare check on Harris found her dead inside her home. Chemirmir was charged with capital murder in that death and later was charged with attempted murder of a Frisco woman and a Plano woman.

    After the indictment in the Harris case, capital murder indictments in 11 other deaths landed in May 2019.

    Chemirmir has been indicted in these deaths:

    • Phyllis Payne, 91, who died May 14, 2016.
    • Phoebe Perry, 94, who died June 5, 2016.
    • Norma French, 85, who died Oct. 8, 2016.
    • Doris Gleason, 92, who died Oct. 29, 2016.
    • Minnie Campbell, 84, who died Oct. 31, 2017.
    • Carolyn MacPhee, 81, who died Dec. 31, 2017.
    • Rosemary Curtis, 75, who died Jan. 19, 2018.
    • Mary Brooks, 88, who died Jan. 31, 2018.
    • Martha Williams, 80, who died March 4, 2018
    • Miriam Nelson, 81, who died March 9, 2018.
    • Ann Conklin, 82, who died March 18, 2018.
    • Lu Thi Harris, 81, who died March 20, 2018.

    Civil suits have linked him to the deaths of 10 others:

    • Joyce Abramowitz, 82, who died July 18, 2016.
    • Juanita Purdy, 82, who died July 31, 2018.
    • Leah Corken, 83, who died Aug. 19, 2018.
    • Margaret White, 86, who died Aug. 28, 2018.
    • Solomon Spring, 89, who died Oct. 1, 2018.
    • Glenna Day, 87, who died Oct. 15, 2018.
    • Diane Delahunty, 79, who died Dec. 5, 2017.
    • Mamie Dell Miya, 93, who died Dec. 8, 2017.
    • A victim who was not named in the suits, 81, who died Dec. 10, 2017.
    • Doris Wasserman, 90, who died Dec. 23, 2017.


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    Pandemic causes delay in investigation, trial of serial murder suspect Billy Chemirmir

    The Dallas County medical examiner says that coronavirus has slowed the work of amending death certificates but that he will work to clear cases by the end of July

    Over 2 years after Billy Chemirmirs arrest, families who say their elderly loved ones were killed by the serial murder suspect are wondering whats taking so long for county officials to declare the deaths homicides.

    Dallas County Medical Examiner Jeffery Barnard said Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic has slowed the process of amending those death certificates but that he will work to clear the cases by the end of July.

    The death certificate revisions arent the only part of the investigation into Chemirmir that has been slowed by the pandemic. His attorney, Phillip Hayes, said Thursday that the virus also will delay his criminal trial.

    Chemirmir, 47, has been indicted in the deaths of 14 elderly people in Dallas and Collin counties, and civil lawsuits name him as a suspect in the deaths of 8 others. A Kenyan immigrant with permanent resident status in the U.S., he is in the Dallas County Jail in lieu of $11.6 million bail.

    The number of potential victims could make Chemirmir among the most prolific serial killers in Texas history. He maintains he is innocent.

    Although there has been an outbreak of the virus at the jail, Hayes said his client is being held in a single cell and is at a low risk of infection.

    Chemirmir is scheduled to stand trial in April, and he faces the death penalty if convicted. Hayes said Thursday that the pandemic has delayed all trials, especially long criminal proceedings like Chemirmirs. Its unclear how a death penalty trial could be carried out during these times of social distancing.

    I am concerned about the delay because it has prevented us from interviewing both witnesses and experts, Hayes said in an email. No one is really sure when Dallas will be able to resume even minor trials. One of this magnitude will require some assurances.

    Collin County Judge Emily Miskel virtually swears in potential jurors for a summary jury trial on May 18, 2020. It was the 1st time in Texas, and possibly nationwide, that a jury trial was conducted remotely, Miskel said.

    In a test case, Collin County jury renders verdict on Zoom for the 1st time; too risky for a full trial?

    According to police, Chemirmir smothered his victims with a pillow, which made the deaths look natural. Police used cellphone data, video surveillance footage from senior living complexes and other evidence to link Chemirmir to each death.

    But before prosecutors take each case to a grand jury for an indictment against Chemirmir, the medical examiners office must re-investigate the case and amend the victims death certificate. Barnard said that means starting from scratch on each investigation.

    Barnard said hes careful to look at each case with a fresh perspective to eliminate bias from police and ensure that his testimony can stand on its own. He said his office reviews video footage and other evidence to draw conclusions on the cause and manner of death for each case.

    Since the coronavirus pandemic began, his office is also responsible for testing every death for the virus as well as extra casework related to the outbreak. That, Barnard said, means the Chemirmir cases are on the backburner.

    This COVID thing became enormous, and our caseload became enormous, Barnard said. This just is a very long process.

    We are frustrated

    Secure Our Seniors Safety, a nonprofit founded last year by the daughters of 4 of Chemirmirs alleged victims, says that at least 5 cases are awaiting amendment from natural causes or old age to homicide.

    Throughout 2018, nearly two dozen families in North Texas received the shocking news that police were re-investigating their loved ones deaths as a possible murder. The calls came as much as 2 years after their loved ones died at luxury senior living communities and private homes in Dallas, Richardson, Plano and Frisco.

    The families had no choice but to wait for the cause of death to be amended and the cases to be presented to a grand jury.

    For some, the wait lasted just a few weeks. Others waited months. And some are still waiting.

    2 elderly women were killed in their apartments at the Tradition - Prestonwood senior living complex at Arapaho Road and Prestonwood Boulevard in Far North Dallas.

    I know how I felt being told my mothers death was being investigated as a murder then you have to wait to see if thats true, said Shannon Dion, one of the groups founders. We are frustrated with how long it has taken.

    Dion, who was featured in the award-winning 2-part series about the case in The Dallas Morning News, said her group has asked police and prosecutors why the cases have faced such a long delay.

    We want the murderer to be held accountable, she said.

    Barnard said that he initially had hoped to finish the remaining investigations by the end of last fall but that a series of personnel issues within the medical examiners office caused delays.

    He has personally investigated each of the other cases so that he could be the single medical examiner to testify at criminal and civil trials, he said. That way, attorneys dont have to pay the county extra for multiple expert witnesses.

    After The News shared some of the concerns from the family members about the delay, Barnard said Wednesday he would split the workload with other doctors in hopes of clearing the cases by the end of next month.

    If it was my parent, Id be raising the roof, Barnard said. They want results, and were going to get it done.

    (source: Dallas Morning News)
    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

    "There are some people who just do not deserve to live,"
    - Rev. Richard Hawke

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