In what could be one of the most prolific serial slayings in American history, an illegal alien from Kenya has been charged in the deaths of 12 elderly women in Texas.
Billy Chemirmir, 46, was indicted Tuesday for 11 murders following a charge for capital murder in March 2018 in the death of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris, the Daily Caller reported.
Court records show the former health-care worker allegedly smothered his victims with a pillow and then robbed them, according to the Dallas Morning News.
CNN has not covered the case, the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra pointed out via Twitter. NBC has reported it but has made no mention of Chemirmir’s immigration status.
When Chemirmir was arrested last year, authorities took a fresh look at some 750 cases of unattended deaths of elderly women.
The Washington Times reported how police investigating an attack in Collin County in March 2018 broke the case.
According to an arrest affidavit, Chemirmir forced his way into the apartment of a 91-year-old Plano, Texas, woman, telling her to “go to bed. Don’t fight me,”
The attacker smothered the woman with a pillow into unconsciousness and robbed her. But paramedics revived her, and she reported a box of jewelry had been stolen. Police, identifying Chemirmir from a license plate number, tailed him and caught him throwing a jewelry box into a trash bin.
Plano Police Chief Gregory W. Rushin told reporters after the March 2018 arrest, according to the Dallas Morning News, that Chemirmir used his “health care experience to his advantage, targeting and exploiting seniors.”
A study cited last year by the Justice Department challenged the notion that illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes than the general population, the Washington Times reported.
The Crime Prevention Research Center found that the crime rate among illegal immigrants in Arizona is twice that of other residents.
John R. Lott Jr., the report’s author and president of the research center, explained that past studies typically didn’t look at legal versus illegal populations of immigrants.
The report, using a previously untapped set of data from Arizona, found that while illegal immigrants between 15 and 35 are less than 3 percent of the state’s population, they comprise nearly 8 percent of its prison population.
On the whole, the report found, the crimes they were convicted of were more serious.