A man already charged for an attack at a senior living community and the murder of an elderly woman elsewhere now faces 11 new capital murder charges in Texas, according to Dallas-area media outlets, including the Dallas News.
Billy Kipkorir Chemirmir, a former healthcare worker, has been in the Dallas County Jail since March 2018. He was arrested on capital murder charges then, as McKnight’s Senior Living previously reported, after an 81-year-old woman was discovered dead in her home. The woman appeared to have been suffocated with a pillow, and her jewelry box was taken, police said.
Chemirmir also is accused of attempted capital murder in a 2017 attack on a resident at Parkview in Frisco, a Watermark Retirement Community in Frisco, TX. Police said he posed as a maintenance worker to gain access to a resident’s unit, then knocked the woman off her walker and to the floor, put a pillow over her face until she passed out and then took her jewelry. The resident survived.
Chemirmir, using the name Benjamin Koitaba, also was arrested in March 2016 and June 2016 at Edgemere, a Senior Quality Lifestyles Corp. life plan community in Dallas, and subsequently was charged with criminal trespassing and false identification as a fugitive.
The new charges all involve the murders of elderly women. Details other than alleged victim names and ages were not available at press time.
At the time of his arrest last year, police departments in Dallas, Frisco, Plano and Richardson, TX, said they planned to comb through hundreds of old cases going back to 2010 that involved the unattended or unexplained deaths of older adults to determine whether Chemirmir was involved.
“In Dallas alone, our initial estimate is over 750 elderly females that we’re going to go back and review cases on,” David Pughes, executive assistant chief of police for the Dallas Police Department, said at the time.
Preston Place, a Plano, TX, retirement community, also told the media at the time that it was “looking at recent deaths involving elderly women who had items stolen from their rooms.”