48-year-old Kenyan man based in Texas charged with 17 capital murder charges

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A US-based Kenyan man is facing multiple capital murder offences in Dallas, Texas where he lives and works.

The man, Billy Chemirmir who hails from Eldama Ravine in Baringo County has 17 capital murder offences hanging on his head as well as two charges of attempted capital murder.

According to Dallas Morning News, Chemirmir worked as a healthcare worker in Texas but has a shady police record where he has been implicated in seven other deaths in North Texas bringing his accusations of capital murder to 24.

The 48-year-old Kenyan man according to police reports suffocated elderly women to death using a pillow and thereafter, made away with expensive jewellery, money and other valuable items.

He allegedly committed these acts in Dallas, and Collin counties in Texas. He was a regular ‘trader’ at pawn shops in the two counties where he sold the stolen jewellery.

Chemirmir is said to have been posing as a maintenance worker which was an easy way for him to gain access to these homes.

He was on Tuesday added three more capital murders by Dallas County grand jury. He was linked to the deaths of Joyce Abramowitz, Doris Wasserman and Margaret White who were murdered at The Tradition-Prestonwood between 2016 and 2017.

“Chemirmir has now been charged with 17 counts of capital murder and two counts of attempted capital murder in Dallas and Collin counties. He has also been linked through medical examiner reports and civil case filings in seven other deaths, bringing the total to 24 deaths in North Texas,” Dallas Morning News reported.

Before her death in July 2016, Abramowitz in a police report claimed that her jewellery was missing. She said that he realized this after returning to her home from a vacation.

The same was the case with White who also died in 2016 and her jewellery was missing.

Chemirmir has been in custody since March 2018 and his lawyer argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed his trial. He had been released on a cash bail of $11.6 million (Sh1.17 billion) which he failed to raise.

Philip Hayes, Chemirmir’s lawyer told Dallas Morning News that his client is facing charges on circumstantial evidence which does not prove that he was the murderer.

“It seems like every unexplained death they come up with, they’re pinning on him,” Hayes said. “If you look at all of it, it doesn’t stand up,” said Hayes.