DALLAS — When 87-year-old Mary Brooks was discovered dead on the floor of her condo in the Dallas area with her grocery bags still on the countertop, investigators determined she had passed away naturally.
A man is put on trial once more for the murders of 22 elderly ladies.
It required an attack on another lady weeks later for police to change their minds, despite the fact that her adored coral necklace and diamond rings were among the valuables that was stolen, according to her relatives.
Billy Chemirmir, 49, is accused of killing 22 elderly women, including Brooks, and his subsequent capital murder trial for Brooks’ death is set to begin on Monday in Dallas. In the years after Chemirmir’s arrest in 2018, when police in the Dallas region reexamined elderly people’s deaths that had previously been deemed natural despite relatives raising concerns about missing valuables, the allegations against Chemirmir expanded. This summer, four new indictments were added.
Chemirmir, who adamantly claims his innocence, was found guilty of capital murder in the suffocation death of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris in April and was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole. If found guilty in Brooks’ death, he will suffer the same sentence. In November of last year, the jury couldn’t agree, leading to a mistrial in his initial trial for Harris’s death.
Many victims’ family will attend the trial, according to Loren Adair Smith, whose 91-year-old mother is one of the people Chemirmir is accused of killing. She said this brings a “big bag of conflicting feelings.”
The next day, according to the police, Chemirmir was located in the parking lot of his apartment building. He had just thrown out a big red jewellery box and was carrying cash and valuables. Documents in the box helped them find Harris’ house, where they discovered her dead in her bedroom with lipstick all over her pillow.
Prosecutors presented evidence during the trial showing that Harris and Chemirmir checked out simultaneously at a Walmart just hours before she was discovered dead.
Chemirmir disclosed to a detective in a police video interview that he earned money by purchasing and reselling jewels and that he had also held jobs as a caretaker and a security guard.
The day before her corpse was discovered, Brooks was in Walmart, according to the police’s testimony about grocery receipts. A car that matched the description of Chemirmir’s was shown on shop surveillance footage departing shortly after Brooks and travelling in the same way.
When John Creuzot, the Democratic district attorney for Dallas County, tried Chemirmir in two of the county’s 13 capital murder cases, he chose not to pursue the death penalty but instead to seek life sentences. As he runs for reelection in the most active pro-death penalty state in the nation, his Republican opponent has challenged that choice.
In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Creuzot stated that while he is not opposed to the death penalty, he weighs several factors before deciding whether to pursue it, including the length of time it would take for someone to be executed, the expense of any appeals, and whether the person would still pose a threat to society if they were to remain in prison. He said, “Chemirmir is going to die in the prison.”
The nine capital murder charges against Chemirmir that are pending in the nearby Collin County have not yet been decided by the prosecutors there.
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