DALLAS (NWN) – A man has been charged with the murder of 18 Dallas area women He told a police detective in a tape interview played at his murder trial on Wednesday that less than an hour before his arrest, a man whose name he did not know had sold him jewelry. A relative previously testified that the jewelry belonged to a woman, Billy Chemirmere, who is charged with murder.
“It doesn’t make sense, what are you telling me,” Dallas Detective Brian Tabor told Chemirmir during the interview.
Chemirmir is charged with capital murder in the death of 81-year-old Lou Thi Harris. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole. Prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty.
In interviews with Tabor, who has since retired from the force, Kemir repeatedly denied killing Harris or visiting his home.
“I’ve never killed anyone,” Chemirmir told the detective.
Chemirmir was arrested in March 2018 after 91-year-old Marie Annis Bartel She survived an attack in her apartment in an independent living community for seniors in Plano.
When the police tracked down Chemirmir the next day at his nearby apartment, he was found with jewelry and cash. In a large red jewelry box police say he had just thrown away, he took them to a Dallas home where Harris lay dead in his bedroom, with lipstick on his pillow.
Chemirmir told Tabor that he had earned money by buying and selling jewelry and had also worked as a home caregiver and security guard.
Chemirmir said he usually buys jewelry online, but he bought the jewelry he had when he was arrested in person from a man who told him he had a batch of jewelry for Chemirmir to look at.
“20 minutes before I was arrested, he came to my apartment,” Chemirmir said.
Chemirmir said he got what he wanted from the jewelry box and then threw the box away because he didn’t want it.
When Tabor asks for the man’s name, Kemirmir replies: “He didn’t tell me.”
Harris’s son-in-law, Richard Rinehart, testified Tuesday that the discarded jewelry box belonged to his mother-in-law, as did several pieces of jewelry found when officers arrested Kemirmir.
Tabor testified in court on Wednesday that Chemirmir “struggled for the details of who he met, how much he paid for the jewelry box.”
Jurors also watched surveillance video from a Walmart that showed Harris and Kemirmir were at the store at the same time, hours before she was found dead. Chemirmir told the detective that he was at Walmart.
Evidence presented at trial showed that Kemirmir also had several $2 bills with him at the time. Rinehart testified Tuesday that her mother-in-law likes to give it to her as a gift. Chemirmir said on tape that he had bought $2 bills in Fort Worth a few days earlier.
Police also said that when Chemirmir was arrested, a set of keys found with him opened the doors to Harris’s home.
After Chemirmir’s arrest, the authorities announced They would review hundreds of deaths, indicating the possibility that a serial killer was stalking older people. In subsequent years, there was an increase in the number of people who were accused of murder at Chemirmir.
Most of the victims died in free-living communities for older people, where Kemirmir allegedly forced them into apartments or posed as a handyman. He is also accused of murdering women in private homes, including the widow of a man he cared for in his job as a home caregiver.
The defense did not make any opening statement. Chemirmir’s lawyer says that the evidence against Chemirmir is circumstantial.