Former home health worker indicted on new attempted murder charges

- A former home health care worker accused of murder is facing new charges in Collin County.

A grand jury indicted Billy Chemirmir for attempted capital murder in the case of an elderly Frisco woman.

The 93-year-old woman was attacked in October at the Parkview Elderly Assisted Living facility. She said a man posing as a maintenance worker came to her door and asked if she needed any work done, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The police document states after the woman declined the man’s help, he forced his way into her apartment and shoved her off her walker onto the floor. She told police she “began praying believing she was about to die.”

“At the time of the offense, she had been able to tell us that she was attacked by a black male but could not give us enough information to, at that time, to find who that was,” said Frisco Police Chief John Bruce.

Police said Chemirmir put a pillow over the woman’s face to suffocate her and then stole her jewelry. DNA evidence was recovered and compared to Chemirmir’s DNA.

In March, Chemirmir was arrested and charged with attempted capital murder for a case out of Plano and capital murder for the death of an 81-year-old woman in Dallas.

Police said he tried to suffocate a 91-year-old woman at the Preston Place retirement apartments in Plano and stole her jewelry.

Officers were trailing him when they saw him throwing a jewelry box in a dumpster. But the box didn’t belong to the Plano victim. It instead had another woman’s name in. Chemirmir also had a set of keys, jewelry and cash on him, police said.

Officers traced the items to a home in far North Dallas where they found 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris dead. The arrest warrant affidavit states she was found with a pillow nearby and her makeup was smeared.

Chemirmir is a Nigerian native who is in the country illegally. Detectives are trying to see if he can be linked to the deaths of other elderly people.

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