Murderer Billy Chemirmir – suspected of killing dozens of elderly women – is killed in prison by his cellmate
Convicted murderer Billy Chemirmir was killed by a cellmate in a Texas prison on Tuesday.
Chemirmir, 50, was convicted of killing two people last year but has been found responsible for the deaths of nearly two dozen others. He was sentenced to two life sentences without parole.
He was found dead in his cell early Tuesday morning. The perpetrator was identified as his cellmate, who is serving a prison sentence for murder.
In several lawsuits, prosecutors alleged that the suspected serial killer targeted people in their homes or senior living facilities. He often suffocated his victims with pillows to steal jewelry.
Convicted murderer Billy Chemirmir was killed by a cellmate in a Texas prison on Tuesday
The families of Chemirmir’s victims were informed of his death early Tuesday.
It was initially believed that most of the killer’s victims had died of natural causes, although family members claimed that the circumstances of their deaths were strange and that jewelry had been stolen.
Only when a victim survived an attack did law enforcement authorities reopen the proceedings and bring charges against Chemirmir.
He was eventually accused of killing 22 North Texas women in two years. He was convicted last October of murdering 87-year-old Mary Brooks.
In April 2022, he was convicted of the same charge for the murder of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris. His first trial over her death ended in a mistrial.
Officials did not say how Chemirmir was killed. He was killed at the Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony, about two hours southeast of Dallas.
His lawyer Phillip Hayes confirmed the killer’s death in a statement: “No matter how you feel about him, no one deserves to be murdered in prison.”