Texas man charged with 18 murders to face trial Monday

M.J. Jennings looks at a photo of her mother Leah Corken while sitting at her home in Dallas, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Corken was one of 18 women in the Dallas area that Billy Chemirmir is charged with capital murder and he is suspected in several more deaths. Most of the deaths happened at upscale independent living communities for older people, where Chemirmir has been accused of forcing his way into apartments or posing as a handyman, and in a couple instances was even caught trespassing. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

M.J. Jennings looks at a photo of her mother Leah Corken while sitting at her home in Dallas, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Corken was one of 18 women in the Dallas area that Billy Chemirmir is charged with capital murder and he is suspected in several more deaths. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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A Texas man is set to stand trial for the murder of 18 elderly women over the past few years.

Billy Chemirmir, 48, has been charged with the murder of 18 Texas women with the trial for the murder of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris starting on Monday. Chemirmir was arrested in 2018 after a 91-year-old woman survived an attack and robbery. She was able to point out her attacker to authorities, which was in fact Chemirmir.

Authorities started to notice a pattern and began investigating the multiple murders that signaled a possibility of a serial killer. Over the years, more and more murders were linked back to Chemirmir.

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Dallas County, Texas, Sheriff's Office shows Billy Chemirmir. Chemirmir is scheduled to go on trial, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in the deaths of one of 18 women he's accused of killing in Texas over a two-year span. (Dallas County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Billy Chemirmir. (Dallas County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

The 48-year-old would allegedly prey on elderly women in independent living homes, posing as a handyman or community worker before attacking the women and stealing their jewelry. When police were able to track down the suspect, they found him holding jewelry and cash. Authorities later found a jewelry box that had been recently discarded, which led them to a home in Dallas where they found Harris dead in her bedroom.

Chemirmir has been charged in 18 murders, but is suspected in 24. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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