Dallas D.A. reverses plan to seek death penalty against alleged serial killer

Wess Haubrich

Billy Chemirmir is accused of being one of the worst serial killers in the history of the Lone Star State

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Billy ChemirmirDallas County Sheriff

18 indictments. 18 dead. All suffocated in a barbaric manner. All female victims besides one male victim aged 75 to 94. All living in a senior center, nursing home, or other long-term care facilities. All brutally murdered, according to the state of Texas, by one Billy Chemirmir.

Prosecutors allege that Chemirmir preyed on the most vulnerable in Dallas and surrounding communities. All deaths appeared at first blush to be accidental until investigators used new, pioneering technology to tie Billy Chemirmir to the crimes.

They say his motive was financial, as every victim had some missing valuables. This would have gone on unabated had Lone Star State authorities not arrested Chemirmir in 2018.

District Attorney John Creuzot filed paperwork in 2019 to declare Dallas County’s intention of seeking the death penalty in two of Chemirmir’s murders. He, however, did a 180 on this position after meeting with the families of many of Chemirmir’s alleged victims. He told the local CBS affiliate:

At that time, it was explained that the Dallas County Criminal District Attorney’s would request two jury trials, with the goal of securing two life sentences without the possibility of parole. If that goal is achieved, this office will ask the court to order that the sentences be served consecutively. In effect, there will be no chance for Mr. Chemirmir to die anywhere except in a Texas prison.”

D.A. Creuzot offered no explanation for this pivot in his stance on sentencing in this case. Watch this space for more on this case as it develops.

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