Judge announces trial in the first murder case of a man accused of killing 18 elderly women
A Texas judge has declared the trial invalid in the case of a man accused of killing more than a dozen elderly women.
The trial of Billy Chermermere in Dallas was halted when the jury reached a dead end after deliberations. As a result, Judge Raquel Jones delivered the verdict. Their filings to the court say they “reached a hopeless dead end 11 to one” in the case, with not knowing which ruling the majority upheld. Chirmermere was on trial for the death of Lou Thi Harris, 81.
During the trial, lawyers for the 48-year-old accused said the evidence presented showed “quantity more than quality”, saying prosecutors had not concluded beyond a reasonable doubt that Schirmerer committed the crime. Defense attorney Kobe Warren, who is expecting the trial to begin, described the case and the events leading to the mistrial ruling as “situational.”
Chirmermere was arrested in 2018 after reports of a man breaking into an apartment in an independent seniors’ community. Court documents say that after his arrest, a large red jewelry box in his possession led to Harris’ home, who was found dead. NEWSWEEK Previously mentioned He was in possession of several $2 banknotes, a type of coin that Harris’ brother-in-law Richard Rinehart said she liked to give as gifts.
As the Chirmermere investigation continued, other major unexplained deaths were investigated, leading to an increase in the accusations against him. He is also accused of pretending to be a handyman or making his way into independent apartments.
There is no information on when the new trial is expected to start. The Dallas County District Attorney’s office did not respond to requests for comment.
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The wrongful trial raises questions about how prosecutors will proceed in the cases against Kimmer.
Jones initially resisted the declaration of a mistrial, repeatedly ordering the jury to continue deliberations.
After the decision, the Kimmer family was charged with murder outside the courtroom, which they were denied entry to during the trial as a COVID-19 precaution. They expressed frustration with the poor trial, anger at the jury they viewed as resistance to conviction and hope for a different outcome in another case against Kimmer.
Shammir’s lawyers rested their case without calling any witnesses or providing evidence, and the 48-year-old did not testify.
Kimmermere was arrested in March 2018 after 91-year-old Marie-Anise Bartell said a man had broken into her apartment in an independent seniors’ community in the Dallas suburb of Plano.
For the families of most of the women accused of murder, they learned months or years after the death of their loved ones that the authorities believed they had been murdered. Those families were perplexed about the sudden death of their older but healthy, active loved ones, and in many cases, submitted police reports when missing jewelry was found posthumously.
Bartel died in 2020, but jurors heard from her during the trial through a recorded statement. She said she did not remember the details of the appearance of the man who attacked her but said she knew she was in mortal danger as soon as she opened her door.
“My eyes were only focused on these green rubber gloves I saw. …I knew right away when I saw these two green rubber gloves, number one, I shouldn’t have opened the door, number two, my life was in grave danger,” Bartle said in the video.
She said she tried to push the door to close but was overpowered. “He said, ‘Don’t fight me, lie down on the bed,'” Bartel said.
Bartel described how a pillow was smashed in her face and her attacker “used all his weight to keep me from breathing”. Kimmer was accused of attempted premeditated murder in the Bartel attack.
The jury saw the surveillance video from A Walmart It shows that Harris and Schimmer were at the store at the same time, just hours before she was found dead.
He is also accused of murdering women in private homes, including the widow of a man who took care of him in his job as a home caregiver.
Jurors also heard about the murder of 87-year-old Mary Brooks, who was found dead at her home in Richardson in January 2018. Herz was one of 18 Schimmer who was charged.
Prosecutor Glenn Fitzmartin said Brooks’ death was originally called a natural death, but after the investigation that followed Kimmermere’s arrest, the coroner changed the cause of death to homicide.
Fitzmartin said that Chemirmir also followed Brooks back home from the same Walmart Harris he had before her death. Her daughter, Anne Brooks, testified that after her mother’s death, she lost her mother’s safe, as was most of her jewelry, including the wedding rings and coral necklace she had always worn.
Shammir, who immigrated to the United States from Kenya, became a permanent resident of the United States in 2007.