Dallas, TX – An illegal immigrant who has been charged with robbing and murdering a dozen elderly women in multiple jurisdictions has been accused of killing six more senior citizens.
Kenyan citizen Billy Chemirmir, 46, has been in jail since March of 2018 in connection with the murder of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris, who was found suffocated to death in her bed, according to the New York Post.
Harris’ body was found after a 91-year-old woman told Plano police that a man had forced his way into her home and tried to suffocate her with a pillow, the Associated Press reported.
“Go to bed. Don’t fight me,” he told her, according to court documents.
Once she lost consciousness, the suspect stole her jewelry box and took off.
Paramedics were able to revive the elderly woman, who told police about the missing valuables.
Investigators were able to identify Chemirmir using a license plate, and began following him days later.
That’s when they spotted the alleged serial killer dumping a jewelry box into a trash bin.
But the box he tried to dispose of didn’t belong to the 91-year-old woman – it belonged to Harris.
When they went to Harris’ home, they discovered she had been smothered to death, the New York Post reported.
Chemirmir was indicted on six additional counts of capital murder in Dallas County in May, according to the Associated Press.
The female victims ranged in age from 76 to 94.
Court records identified them as Phoebe Perry, Norma French, Rosemary Curtis, Phyllis Payne, Doris Gleason, and Mary Brooks, all of whom died in 2016 and 2018, KXAS reported.
A Collin County Grand jury indicted him on five more capital murder charges the same day, according to the Associated Press.
He is also being held for being in the U.S. illegally, and has been charged with attempted murder in two other similar incidents.
Chemirmir used his experience as a health aide “to his advantage in targeting and exploiting seniors, some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” Plano Police Chief Gregory Rushin said shortly after the accused serial killer was apprehended in 2018.
On June 25, family members of six more elderly victims filed lawsuits against the senior living facility where eight of the victims were killed, bringing the total number of alleged victims to 18, The Dallas Morning News reported.
"As a direct result of The Tradition's hollow assurances of safety and security, Chemirmir had virtually unfettered access inside The Tradition-Prestonwood for months," according to the lawsuits.
The families also accused the facility of attempting to cover up some of the suspicious deaths.
The newly identified alleged murder victims were named in the lawsuits as Joyce Abramowitz, Leah Corken, Glenna Day, Juanita Purdy, Margaret White, and Solomon Spring.
They ranged in age from 82 to 89, and all died during a four-month period in 2016.
The five female victims also had jewelry missing from their apartments, but staff at the facility allegedly blew off family members’ questions about the missing valuables, according to the lawsuits.
One of the elderly women was missing approximately $28,000 worth of jewelry, her family said.
Spring, the lone male victim, was found dead in a pool of "so much blood that The Tradition had to remove the carpet in his bedroom and a homicide detective was called to the scene," the lawsuit read.
The Tradition-Prestonwood denied having withheld information from investigators, and said that police and the medical examiner ruled that the victims listed in the lawsuits all died from natural causes.
"We know their promises of safety and security are hollow," the families’ attorney, Dave Wishnew, told The Dallas Morning News. "It was not like he was Jason Bourne busting in through a ceiling tile in the middle of the night. He was walking through the front door."
According to the lawsuit, an employee at the senior living facility who denied that Chemirmir had ever been inside the complex was later found to have been the same employee who escorted the accused serial killer off of the property years before.
Wishnew said that investigators have connected Chemirmir to the six additional victims, and that new indictments are expected to be handed down in the near future.
"There is no question in our mind or in the police's mind that these six are victims of Billy Chemirmir," Wishnew said.
Chemirmir is also expected to be indicted in connection with other victims in addition to the 18 elderly people who have already been named, the attorney said.
The Dallas Police Department did not confirm or deny whether more charges are expected to be filed against Chemirmir, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Investigators said they reviewed as many as 750 unsolved deaths to determine whether or not Chemirmir had any connection to the victims, the New York Post reported.
“We’re worried we could have more,” Dallas Executive Assistant Chief of Police David Pughes said in 2018. “It will be a monumental task. But we’re up for the challenge and we’re gonna make sure we check each and every case.”