Prosecutors now say a serial killer who targeted more than a dozen elderly women in Dallas and Collin counties suffocated each of them with a pillow before robbing them.
“This guy should’ve been detected but wasn’t,” said Richard Arnold, an attorney representing Gleason’s family. “In our case, they had him just wandering around the apartment for three hours.”
Billy Chemirmir, 46, has been in the Dallas County Jail since March 2018, when he was accused of smothering an 81-year-old woman in her Dallas home and attempting to kill two women in Collin County.
And this week, grand juries in Dallas and Collin counties handed up 11 additional capital murder indictments for Chemirmir.
The indictments paint a picture of a killing spree that would rank him among Texas’ most prolific serial killers.
The indictments identify the following victims, alongside dates of death listed in their obituaries:
Phyllis Payne, 91, who died May 14, 2016, in Dallas
Phoebe Perry, 94, who died June 5, 2016, in Dallas
Norma French, 85, who died Oct. 8, 2016, in Dallas
- Doris Gleason, 92, who died Oct. 29, 2016, in Dallas
Minnie Campbell, 84, who died Oct. 31, 2017, in Plano
- Carolyn MacPhee, 81, who died Dec. 31, 2017, in Plano
- Rosemary Curtis, 75, who died Jan. 19, 2018, in Dallas
- Mary Brooks, who died Jan. 31, 2018, in Richardson
- Martha Williams, 80, who died March 4, 2018, in Plano
- Miriam Nelson, 81, who died March 9, 2018, in Plano
- Ann Conklin, 82, who died March 18, 2018, in Plano
- Lu Thi Harris, 81, who died on March 20, 2018, in Dallas
Phillip Hayes, Chemirmir’s attorney, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he was still wrapping his head around the number of indictments.
Chemirmir is frustrated, Hayes told the Star-Telegram.
“He also seemed surprised with the indictments, but he is holding on to that he is innocent,” Hayes said.
Families of at least three of the victims — French, Gleason and Payne — didn’t wait for police to charge Chemirmir to take action. French’s children and two other families are suing the senior-living communities where their loved ones died, alleging that the facilities didn’t do enough to protect them.
It was unclear where Perry lived, but the other Dallas victims did not appear to live in senior-living facilities. Plano police have not said where the victims in the five latest indictments lived.
French’s three children said in their lawsuit that The Tradition – Prestonwood failed to protect their 85-year-old mother, “which gave Chemirmir the opportunity to kill Mrs. French.”
In a statement, Prestonwood said the community considers each of its residents “family.”
“We are committed to cooperating with the authorities,” the company said in a statement. “It’s not appropriate to speculate on what legal proceedings may be underway. We can only stress that the safety of our residents is a top priority every day.”