DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The alleged serial killer Billy Chemirmir laughed and smiled for moments in hours of police interviews after his arrest in 2018.
“You’re going to jail for murder,” Dallas police investigator Brian Tabor said in a video played on the third day of Chemirmir’s capital murder trial.
“Murder?” Chemirmir replied in disbelief.
He repeatedly denied that he had murdered the victim, Lu Thi Harris, in her home in Dallas.
“Which house?” he asked.
“The house in Dallas,” Tabor said.
“I did not go to a house in Dallas,” he said.
Chemirmir said he had purchased a $ 2 banknote envelope a few days earlier from one in Fort Worth.
He said he had bought a jewelry box from another just twenty minutes before his arrest.
But he struggled to give details of who he bought the goods from, how they had been in contact, and how much he paid.
“He has to think about what he wants to tell me,” Tabor remarked at the witness stand on Wednesday, November 17th.
When asked during the interrogation why he had thrown a jewelry box, which he claimed he had just bought, into the container in his apartment complex, Chemirmir replies, he decided he did not want it.
“The person you murdered. You had her property. You had her money. You had her jewelry. And you had her jewelry box,” Tabor said.
Jurors watched surveillance video from a Walmart in Dallas showing Harris and Chemirmir crossing roads hours before her death.
There is no apparent interaction between the two, but they are seen leaving the store within less than a minute of each other and driving in the same direction.
Later in the day, prosecutors played a video from the same Walmart showing Mary Brooks of Richardson in the store on Jan. 30.
Chemirmir can also be seen visiting the store at the same time. The next day, Brooks was found dead in his home.
Brooks’ daughter testified about a safe and missing jewelry in the house.
“She wore it every single day,” Anne Brooks testified about her mother’s coral necklace.
“Did you find it?” asked Chief Prosecutor Glen Fitzmartin.
“No,” Brooks said.
Testimony is set to resume Thursday morning in what Judge Rocky Jones has previously said will likely be the last day of the trial.
If Chemirmir is convicted of murder, Chemirmir will automatically receive life in prison.