Billy Chemirmir is a Kenyan-born man who is accused of killing 22 elderly women in North Texas and stealing their jewelry and valuables.
He was born in 1973 and moved to the United States in the late 1990s.
Chemirmir worked as a healthcare worker and home health aide, and he is believed to have used his job to gain access to his victims.
Chemirmir’s first trial ended in a mistrial in November 2020, and he was convicted in April 2022 and sentenced to life without parole in the death of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris.
This week began his third trial, and he was found guilty of capital murder for a second time on October 7, 2022, in the death of 87-year-old Mary Brooks.
The prosecution alleges that Chemirmir went to work to kill, steal, strip and sell.
Most of the people he is accused of killing lived in apartments at independent living communities for older people.
Prosecutor Glen Fitzmartin said that while presenting evidence in the deaths of Brooks and Harris, he would also show that DNA links Chemirmir to the death of 80-year-old Martha Williams.
Chemirmir has maintained his innocence, and his attorney presented a not-guilty plea.
The case against him includes DNA evidence, surveillance footage and the testimony of surviving victims.
Billy Chemirmir cause of death
Chemirmir died in a Texas state prison.
He was serving two life sentences without parole in the Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony near Palestine.
The exact cause of his death has not been publicly disclosed.
The 50-year-old 50, was found dead in his cell, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Hannah Haney.
She said that Chemirmir’s cellmate, who is serving a sentence for murder, was identified as the assailant, but she couldn’t release the cellmate’s identity or how Chemirmir was killed.
Billy Chemirmir, a Kenyan-born man who is accused of killing 22 elderly women in North Texas and stealing their jewelry has died.
— Koech (@realkevin_koech) September 19, 2023