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Trial begins for man accused of killing 22 elderly Texans

Dallas– A man accused of killing 22 women in the Dallas area will stand trial in the death of one of them after being convicted of capital murder in the death of another earlier this year.

The capital murder trial of Billy Chemirmir, 49, in the death of 87-year-old Mary Brooks, is scheduled to begin Monday in Dallas. He received a life sentence without parole after being convicted in April of the suffocation death of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris. If he is convicted of Brooks’ death, he will receive a second sentence of life in prison without parole. He maintains his innocence.

His first trial in Harris’s death ended in a mistrial last November when the jury deadlocked.

In the years after her arrest in 2018, police throughout the Dallas area re-examined the deaths of other seniors that had been deemed natural, despite families raising alarm bells over lost jewelry. Four suggestions were added this summer.

Dallas County prosecutors decided to seek two life sentences instead of the death penalty when they tried Chemirmir in two of the 13 capital murder cases against him in the county. Prosecutors in neighboring Collin County have not said whether they will prosecute any of the nine capital murder cases against Chemirmir.

Chemirmir’s arrest began in March 2018 when a woman, then 91, told police that a man had broken into her apartment at an independent living community for the elderly, tried to suffocate her with a pillow and took her jewelry.

police said when they found Chemirmir the next day in the parking lot of his apartment complex. He was carrying jewelry and cash, and had just thrown out a large red jewelry box. The documents in the box were taken to the home of Harris, who was found dead in her bedroom, with lipstick smeared on her pillow.

In a video interview with police, Chemirmir told a detective that he made money buying and selling jewelry and had also worked as a caretaker and security guard.

Most of the people accused of killing Chemirmir lived in apartments in independent living communities for the elderly. The women he is accused of killing in private homes include the widow of a man he had cared for while working as a home carer.

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