DALLAS, TX — Home health care aide Billy Kipkorir Chemirmir has been accused of killing an elderly woman in Dallas and attempting to kill two others, according to reports.
But now, Texas police are poring over an astonishing 750 unsolved deaths of older adults dating back to 2010 to see if they could have a serial killer on their hands.
Police began investigating Billy Chemirmir after a 91-year-old victim told police that, while acting as her aide, he tried to smother her on March 19. She told cops that the 45-year-old instructed her to “go to bed, don’t fight me,” before putting a pillow over her face until she lost consciousness. He then stole her jewelry, according to an arrest warrant.
Cops tailed Chemirmir and saw him throw a jewelry box into a dumpster, the Star-Telegram reported. The jewelry box had a name on it: 81-year-old North Dallas resident Lu “Kim” Harris. Police later found her corpse in her bed; she had been suffocated to death. On March 20, Chemirmir was charged with capital murder in connection with Harris’ death.
Investigators have also reportedly found evidence that Chemirmir attempted to smother another victim — a 93-year-old woman in a Frisco retirement community. The woman said that the assault took place in October 2017, when a maintenance worker forced his way into her home, knocked her to the ground, and put a pillow over her nose and mouth. He then stole several pieces of jewelry and left.
“He knocked a 93-year-old woman to the floor from her walker and smothered her with a pillow,” Plano Chief of Police Gregory Rushin said Friday. “Who does that?”
Two other possible victims have already come forward and stated that Chemirmir tried to sit on their chests and smother them with a pillow, according to Fox 4. Chief Rushin said, “When you work in the healthcare industry working with seniors, you get an idea of the investigation that might occur whenever a death occurs, so I think he probably used that information to further his efforts in these crimes.”
In 2012, he was reportedly convicted of assault-family violence after he got into a fight with a woman that he was dating. According to an arrest affidavit, she told police that Chemirmir punched her in the face and head, struck her over the head with a pot, and kicked her in the back.
Chemirmir was also accused of posing as an employee at a retirement community in Dallas in 2016 using the alias “Benjamin Koitaba.” According to records, he received a warning about trespassing.
Chemirmir, a native of Kenya, moved to the United States in 2003, and is reportedly in the country illegally. He did begin the process of becoming an American citizen in 2007, but didn’t finish. He has been living in the Dallas area since at least 2010. Chemirmir remains in Dallas County Jail on $1 million bail. ICE has placed an immigration hold on him, and he faces deportation if convicted.
Police say they have received several additional leads through the tip line that they set up — but are still hoping for more. Anyone with information about Chemirmir is asked to call the 24-hour tip line at (972) 941-5785.
Recommended For You:
Main photo: Billy Kipkorir Chemirmir [Dallas County Jail]