Dallas, TX – An illegal immigrant working as a home health aide has been charged with robbing and murdering a dozen elderly women in multiple jurisdictions.
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 on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
His victims, all female, 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.
The details of those killings have not been released.
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.
“These cases came out of the blue and I don’t have any information on them yet,” Chemirmir’s attorney, Phillip Hays, told the Associated Press on Thursday.
But he argued that his client has “denied it since day one” that he had anything to do with Harris’ murder.
“They have circumstantial evidence that puts him in the area but that’s as far as the evidence goes,” Hays added.
Investigators said they have been reviewing 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.”