A Texas home health worker had been arrested last year and charged with murdering an aging client he had been supporting. Now, though, 11 more charges of murder have been levied against Billy Chermirmir.
The 46-year-old North Texas resident was originally charged with killing Lu Thi Harris, 81, who lived in Dallas County. The murder occurred in March 2018. However, as investigators continued to look into this case, they began to uncover other suspected murders that dated back several years.
All told, Chermirmir was charged with six other murders that occurred in Dallas County and five more in Collin County.
According to the local news outlet, The Grio, in its blog, Home health aide charged with 11 additional murders of elderly women in Dallas area, written by Dan Onley:
“This week, ABC News reported that Chemirmir was indicted on six additional murder charges in Dallas County. The home health aid is now charged with killing Phyllis Payne, 91, on May 14, 2016; Phoebe Perry, 94, on June 5, 2016; Norma French, 85, on Oct. 8, 2016; Doris Gleason, 92, on Oct. 29, 2016; Rosemary Curtis, 76, on Jan. 17, 2018; and Mary Brooks on Jan. 31, 2018.
He was also charged on Tuesday with five more murders in Collin County, which is a suburb of Dallas, according to jail records. No additional details for those murders were released. Chemirmir also faces charges for three attempted murders in Dallas County and two attempted murders in Collin County, authorities said.”
According to investigators, Mr. Chermirmir allegedly smothered his victims with a pillow. He is an immigrant from Kenya and is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail on a $9.1 million bond. He also has an immigration hold filed against him.
After Billy Chermirmir was arrested, police investigators began examining nearly 750 cases that were similar in the area to see if Chermirmir could have been involved in any of those. At the time, Dallas Police Department Executive Assistant Chief of Police, David Pughes, said, “It will be a monumental task, but we’re up for the challenge and we’re going to make sure we check each and every case.”
The investigation led to evidence suggesting Mr. Chermirmir is directly responsible for 11 other murders, but there was no word immediately from authorities if other pending charges could be forthcoming as well.
Police originally made the arrest last year when they observed Chermirmir dumping a jewelry box in a trash dumpster and then were able to trace the jewelry back to the original victim’s home, where they found her dead, having been smothered.