Three more capital murder charges have been filed against a suspected Texan serial killer accused of killing numerous elderly women at assisted living facilities.
A Dallas County grand jury indicted Billy Kipkorir Chemirmir, 48, on three new capital murder charges on Tuesday, the Dallas News reports. He had already been charged with 14 counts of capital murder for allegedly smothering elderly residents of North Texas senior living facilities while both working as a health care employee and allegedly impersonating maintenance personnel.
The three newest charges are in connection with the deaths of Joyce Abramowitz, Doris Wasserman, and Margaret White, who all died at a luxury senior living complex in Dallas. This brings his capital murder charges up to 17, though in all he's been accused of causing 24 deaths. Medical examiner reports and civil case filings have alleged that he was involved in seven other deaths in addition to the criminal court filings, according to the Dallas News.
Chemirmir’s attorney Phillip Hayes claims the case is circumstantial.
“It seems like every unexplained death they come up with, they’re pinning on him,” Hayes told the Dallas News. “If you look at all of it, it doesn’t stand up.”
Chemirmir was first eyed as a possible attacker in 2018 when he was suspected of trying to smother a 91-year-old woman to death, The Star-Telegram in Fort Worth reported at the time. But before police could even arrest him in connection with that alleged incident, “they observed him walk to a dumpster and toss unknown items in the dumpster. [...] In the dumpster officers found a jewelry box containing jewelry and a name. Officers were able to associate the name found in the jewelry box to an address in the city of Dallas,” according to a 2018 press release posted on the Dallas Police Department’s website.
That jewelry box led them to the body of an entirely different woman and after a thorough investigation officials said they linked him to the murders of multiple elderly women between 2016 and 2018. Initially, the victims are believed to have died of natural causes. Investigators allegedly found jewelry, cell phones, and other belongings of the victims in Chemirmir’s apartment when it was searched in 2018.
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