Valerie Edwards, Daily Mail, May 16, 2019
A healthcare worker living in the US illegally is suspected of being involved with more than 1,000 unexplained deaths in Texas.
Billy Chemirmir, 46, has been charged with smothering 11 murders.
The Kenyan worked as a home healthcare aide, was initially charged in 2018 with the murder of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris.
On Tuesday, Chemirmir was indicted on six more murder charges.
According to Dallas News, Chemirmir has now been charged with killing Phyllis Payne, 91, on May 14, 2016; Phoebe Perry, 94, on June 5, 2016; and 85-year-old Norma French on October 8, 2016.
He was also charged with the murders of Doris Gleason, 92, on October 29, 2016; Rosemary Curtis, 76, on January 17, 2018; and Mary Brooks on January 31, 2018.
He has been charged with five other murders, but those identities have not been released.
Chemirmir is also charged with three counts of attempted murder.
He is being held in Dallas County Jail on $9million bond.
He is also facing immigration-related charges for being in the U.S. unlawfully.
Chemirmir, who worked as a nurse in his native Kenya, is at the center of an investigation into nearly 1,000 unexplained deaths in Texas, according to KRLD.
He was arrested in March 2017 for allegedly smothering Harris with her pillow and stealing her jewelry box.
Police had been watching him in relation to another woman, 91, who he had allegedly tried to smother to death in the same fashion and robbed before fleeing.
Chemirmir’s initial attempted murder charge stemmed from an incident in Frisco in October 2017.
At that time, Chemirmir allegedly posed as a maintenance worker at the home of a 93-year-old woman living in assisted care in Frisco.
The woman told police she was smothered with a pillow, and robbed of jewelry.
Afraid for her life, the woman said she was praying out of fear she would die.
In March 2018, Chemirmir allegedly stormed into a 91-year-old woman’s home and told her: ‘go to bed, don’t fight me.’
After her face was covered with a pillow, she lost consciousness, but was later revived by Plano Fire and Rescue, where she revealed her attacker had stolen jewelry from her.
Chemirmir was named a suspect after his car was seen on CCTV leaving the scene, and it was just one day after the attempted murder of the woman in Collins County he was busted throwing out Harris’ effects.
He is still being investigated for nearly 1,000 unsolved deaths or attacks, and the victims are mostly elderly women who were in nursing homes.