Murderer Billy Chemirmir – who was suspected of killing DOZENS of elderly women – is killed in prison by his cellmate
Convicted murderer Billy Chemirmir was killed Tuesday by a cellmate in a Texas prison.
Chemirmir, 50, was convicted last year of killing two people, but was accused in the deaths of nearly two dozen others. He was given two life sentences in prison without parole.
He was found dead early Tuesday morning in his cell. His cellmate is, who is serving a sentence for murder, was identified as the assailant.
During multiple trials, prosecutors alleged that the suspected serial killer targeted people inside their homes or at senior living facilities. He often smothered his victims with pillows in order to steal jewelry.
Convicted murderer Billy Chemirmir was killed Tuesday by a cellmate in a Texas prison
A photo of victim Mary Brooks is displayed as part of state evidence during the murder trial of Billy Chemirmir at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas, Wednesday, November 17, 2021
The families of Chemirmir’s victims were notified of his death early Tuesday.
Most of the killer’s victims were initially believed to have died of natural causes, despite family members claiming the circumstances of their passings were odd and that jewelry had been stolen.
It wasn’t, however, until a victim survived an attack that law enforcement reopened the cases and indictments were filed against Chemirmir.
He was eventually charged with killing 22 North Texas women over a two-year span. He was found guilty of capital murder last October for the death of Mary Brooks, 87.
In April of 2022, he was convicted of the same charge for the murder of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris. His first trial for her death ended in a mistrial.
Officials did not say how Chemirmir was killed. He was killed in the Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony, about two hours southeast of Dallas.
His attorney, Phillip Hayes, confirmed the killer’s death in a statement: ‘Despite how you feel about him, no one deserves to be murdered in prison.’
Last month, the Collin County District Attorney opted not to pursue the death penalty in 11 of the pending cases against Chemirmir.
In November 2021 a mistrial was declared in the case of Lu Thi Harris, an 81-year-old Vietnamese immigrant (pictured) living in Dallas when she was killed after being smothered with a pillow in her home in Plano
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