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Suspected serial killer is killed in prison

A man accused of killing nearly two dozen elderly women and convicted last year of murdering two of them was killed early Tuesday morning by his cellmate at a Texas prison, he said. an official Billy Chemirmir, 50, was found dead in his cell, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Hannah Haney said, according to the AP. He said Chemirmir’s cellmate, who is serving a sentence for murder, was identified as the assailant. However, he did not identify the cellmate or say how Chemirmir was killed. Chemirmir had been imprisoned in the Coffield Unit in the colony of Tennessee, located about 100 kilometers southeast of Dallas.

Although he was a suspect in more than 20 cases, Chemirer had only two convictions against him at the time of his death. Chemirmir’s first capital murder trial in the killing of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris ended in a mistrial in Dallas County. He was later convicted in a second trial in the death of Harris and convicted of a second murder in the death of 87-year-old Mary Brooks. Authorities said Chemirmir preyed on elderly women, killing them and stealing their valuables. Chemirmir, who maintained his innocence, was serving two life sentences without the possibility of parole.

He was caught after a 91-year-old woman survived an attack in 2018 and told police he forced his way into her apartment at an independent living community, tried to suffocate her with a pillow and took her jewels. Police said they found Chemirmir the next day in the parking lot of her apartment complex with jewelry and cash, having thrown away a large red jewelry box. Documents from the jewelry box led them to the home of Harris, who was found dead in her bedroom.

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