Billy Chemirmir who was charged with the murder of approximately twenty elderly women and who was found guilty last year for killing two of them has been murdered by his fellow inmate in a Texas correctional facility, according to an official statement.Billy Chemirmir, aged 50, was discovered deceased in his prison cell on Tuesday morning, as reported by Hannah Haney, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.According to her, the person sharing a cell with Chemirmir, who is currently in prison for a murder conviction, was identified as the attacker. However, she stated that she could not disclose the cellmate's name or provide details on how Chemirmir was killed.
The news conference saw the family members of the victims expressing a mix of shock and relief upon hearing the announcement.
Shannon Dion expressed her sorrow over her mother's death, stating that it was a fearful experience. The passing of the man responsible for her mother's death did not bring peace, as there is a sense of satisfaction in knowing he did not have an easy demise. Doris Gleason, Shannon's 92-year-old mother, was one of the victims attributed to Chemirmir's killings.Authorities revealed that Chemirmir specifically targeted older women in the Dallas area for a period of two years. He would kill them and then steal their valuable possessions. Sadly, these deaths were initially deemed natural causes by investigators, despite concerns raised by family members regarding missing jewelry.
Following Chemirmir's apprehension, law enforcement agencies in the region reviewed previous cases of death, leading to an expansion of charges against him. The children of many victims expressed their confusion regarding these deaths when they occurred, as their mothers were still vibrant and in good health despite their older age.
Chemirmir's initial capital murder trial for the killing of Harris resulted in a mistrial in Dallas County. He was subsequently found guilty in a retrial for Harris' death and was also convicted of another homicide involving Mary Brooks, aged 87. After his second conviction, relatives of Chemirmir's alleged victims assembled at a Dallas courthouse to confront him.
A majority of the individuals affected resided in independent living communities for senior citizens. However, there was one woman who lived in her own private residence, and she happened to be the widow of a man whom Chemirmir had previously taken care of as an at-home caregiver.Chemirmir faced a total of 22 charges related to capital murder. Out of these charges, 13 were filed in Dallas County while the remaining nine were brought forth by Collin County which is located nearby. Following his convictions on two counts in Dallas County, the prosecutors decided to drop the remaining 11 charges there. It's worth noting that they did not pursue the death penalty as punishment for these crimes. Similarly, prosecutors from Collin County also announced last month that they would not seek capital punishment for their cases either.
In response to an increase in illicit items and inmate homicides related to drugs, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice recently announced the implementation of lockdown measures. As of September 6th, there have been a total of 16 inmate-on-inmate homicides this year. Comparatively, there were nine murders in 2021 and seven in 2022.