The jury in the Billy Chemirmir trial resumes discussions on Friday – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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What to know

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

A jury in Dallas County discussed for four hours Thursday the capital’s murder cases against a man accused of killing 18 elderly women in North Texas.

Considerations began after prosecutors recounted what they described as an abundance of evidence that Billy Chemirmir killed Lu Thi Harris, 81.

The juries resume talks on Friday.

It is not clear how long the jury will take to decide Chemirmir’s fate. The verdict will be conducted live in the video player at the top of this page.

The Dallas County jury heard the defense challenge the evidence as “quantity over quality” and claim prosecutors had not proven Chemirmir’s guilt beyond any reasonable doubt.

Chemirmir’s lawyers rested their case without summoning witnesses or presenting evidence, and Chemirmir did not testify in its own defense.

Prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty for the main murder if the sentence would mean an automatic sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

Juries have also been given the option of convicting Chemirmir of simple criminal murder, which could mean a five-year sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole, or acquitting him of all charges.

Day 4 Testimony

Thursday’s testimony began with a jewelry broker from the Diamond & Gold Exchange who testified that he bought jewelry for $ 91,000 from Billy Chemirmir between 2015 and 2018. Prosecutors said the jewelry was stolen.

An FBI agent specializing in analyzing cell phone data testified that he could place Chemirmir’s phone at the victims’ homes and then at jewelry stores within minutes.

FBi testified in the Billy Chemirmir trial

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An FBI witness in the Billy Chemirmir trial on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

Dan Probst, whose aunt Catherine Probst Sinclair died in the Edgemere senior community in Dallas, said testimony hit families hard.

“It’s like he went to the bank,” Probst said. “Took someone’s life and then cashed it.”

Billy Chemirmir murder case – day 3

Jury members on Wednesday heard about the death of a woman Chemirmir is charged with murder.

In an interview recorded less than an hour before his arrest, Chemirmir told a police detective that a man whose name he did not know had sold him jewelry. A relative has previously testified that the jewelry belonged to a woman Billy Chemirmir is accused of having killed.

“It just makes no sense what you tell me,” Dallas detective Brian Tabor told Chemirmir during the interview.

In the interview with Tabor, who has since retired from the force, Chemirmir repeatedly denied having killed Harris or gone to her home.

“I have never murdered anyone,” Chemirmir told the detective.

Chemirmir was arrested in March 2018 after 91-year-old Mary Annis Bartel survived an attack on her apartment in an independent housing community for seniors in Plano.

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

Chemirmir told Tabor that he made money by buying and selling jewelry and had also worked as a home carer and as a security guard.

Chemirmir said he typically buys jewelry online, but that he bought the jewelry he had when he was arrested in person by a man who told him he had a batch of jewelry that Chemirmir could look at.

“He came to my apartment, 20 minutes before I was arrested,” Chemirmir said.

Chemirmir said he got what he wanted from the jewelry box and then threw the box away because he did not want it.

When Tabor asks the man’s name, Chemirmir replies, “He did not tell me.”

Harris’ son-in-law, Richard Rinehart, testified Tuesday that the discarded jewelry box belonged to his mother-in-law, as well as several pieces of jewelry that officers found when they arrested Chemirmir.

Tabor testified in court Wednesday that Chemirmir “fought for the details of who he met, how much he paid for the jewelry box.”

Jury members also watched surveillance video from a Walmart showing Harris and Chemirmir were in the store at the same time, just hours before she was found dead. Chemirmir told the detective he had been to Walmart.

Evidence presented during the trial has shown that Chemirmir was also in possession of several $ 2 banknotes at the time. Rinehart testified Tuesday that his mother-in-law loved giving them as gifts. Chemirmir said on the tape that he had purchased the $ 2 banknotes in Fort Worth a few days earlier.

Police have also said a set of keys found with Chemirmir when he was arrested opened the front doors of Harris’ home.

Following Chemirmir’s arrest, authorities notified they would go through hundreds of deaths and signal the possibility that a serial killer had persecuted elderly people. Over the following years, the number of people Chemirmir was accused of killing grew.

Most of the victims were killed in independent housing communities for the elderly, with Chemirmir allegedly forcing himself into apartments or posing as a handyman. He is also accused of killing women in private homes, including the widow of a man he had cared for in his job as a home carer.

The defense did not issue an opening statement. Chemirmir’s lawyer says the evidence against Chemirmir is clues.


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