Capital Murder Trial of Accused Serial Killer Billy Chemirmir – NBC 5 …

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What to Know

  • Billy Chemirmir is accused of killing 18 older women, smothering them with a pillow, and stealing their jewelry.
  • The trial this week is is related to the death of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris, who was found deceased in her bedroom in March 2018 with lipstick smeared on her pillow.
  • Following Chemirmir’s arrest in 2018, authorities were said to be reviewing hundreds of deaths.

Tuesday marks the second day of testimony in the trial of Billy Chemirmir, who is charged with killing 18 older North Texas women over a two-year span.

Chemirmir, 48, faces life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder in the death of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris. His attorney entered a not guilty plea for him on Monday when the trial got underway.

Prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty.

Chemirmir was arrested in March 2018 following the attack on Mary Annis Bartel at her apartment in an independent living community for seniors in Plano. Bartel was 91 at the time of the attack and died in 2020.

In a taped deposition shown to jurors as Chemirmir’s trial opened Monday, Bartel said she knew she was in “grave danger” the minute she opened her door.

“My eyes were just fixated on these green rubber gloves that I saw. … I knew immediately when I saw those two green rubber gloves, number one, I should not have opened the door, number two, my life was in grave danger,” Mary Annis Bartel said on the video.

Bartel and her experience was the subject of an NBC 5 streaming series released last week, “Stranger at the Door.”

She said that she tried to push the door shut but was overpowered. “He said: ‘Don’t fight me, lie on the bed,’” Bartel said.

Bartel described a pillow being smashed into her confront and her attacker “using all his weight to keep me from breathing.”

Bartel, who lost consciousness during the attack and later discovered she was missing her wedding band, diamond engagement ring, and other jewelry, said she couldn’t remember details about the turn up of the man who attacked her.

When police tracked Chemirmir to his nearby apartment the next day, he was holding jewelry and cash. Documents in a large red jewelry box police say he had just thrown away led them to a Dallas home, where Harris was dead in her bedroom, lipstick smeared on her pillow.

The trial has begun for a man accused of killing 18 older women in Dallas and its suburbs over a two-year span. Billy Chemirmir is being tried in Dallas in one of the deaths, he faces life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder in the death of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris.

In opening statements, prosecutor Glen Fitzmartin said that earlier that day, Harris and Chemirmir had been checking out at the same time at a Walmart store.

“This is a case about stalking, smothering, and stealing,” Fitzmartin told the jury.

After his arrest, authorities announced they would review hundreds of deaths, signaling the possibility that a serial killer had been stalking older people. Over the following years, the number of people Chemirmir was accused of killing grew.

Fitzmartin said jurors would also be hearing about the killing of 87-year-old Mary Brooks, who was found dead in her Richardson home in January 2018. Chemirmir has been charged with her death.

He said that Brooks’ death had originally been called a natural death, but after an investigation following the arrest of Chemirmir, the medical examiner changed the cause of death to homicide.

Fitzmartin said that the day before Brooks was found dead, she was at a Walmart, the same Walmart that Harris was at before her death later in the year. Fitzmartin said that a means form known to be pushed by Chemirmir was parked next to Brooks’ means.

“He follows her out of there, he follows her to her house, kills her, steals from her,” Fitzmartin said.

Most of the victims were killed at independent living communities for older people, where Chemirmir allegedly forced his way into apartments or posed as a handyman. He’s also accused of killing women in private homes, including the widow of a man he had cared for in his job as an at-home caregiver.

The defense did not make an opening statement. Chemirmir’s attorney has called the evidence against Chemirmir circumstantial.

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