Kenyan accused of killing 18 women in USA finally speaks

“I am 100% sure I will not go to prison,” said Chemirmir.

Billy Kipkorir Chemirmir (credit: Dallas County Sheriff’s Department)

Kenyan born American, Billy Chemirmir charged with killing 18 elderly women in Dallas, Texas has come out to proclaim his innocence, reiterating that he is innocent.

Chemirmir speaking to The Dallas Morning News while in custody denied all the charges against him saying that he is “100% sure I will not go to prison.”

“I am not a killer. I’m not at all what they’re saying I am. I am a very innocent person. I was not brought (up) that way. I was brought (up) in a good family. I didn’t have any problems all my life,” Chemirmir told the newspaper.

Chemirmir was arrested in March 2018 after 91-year-old Mary Annis Bartel said a man forced his way into her apartment at a living community for seniors in the Dallas suburb of Plano.

Chemirmir apparently lived in the same facilities where detectives said he robbed residents of their jewelry after suffocating them. Police began to piece together the story on March 19, 2018, after firefighters revived Bartel.

According to a police report, Bartel told them a stranger forced his way in, grabbed a couch pillow, and smothered her until she blacked out. Then, he walked out with her jewellery.

Just one day earlier and one door over, Bartel's next-door neighbor, Ann Conklin, had died. Plano Police suddenly started taking a closer look and discovered a pattern of deaths in their Preston Place senior living community.

There were seven within a 6-month period in that complex. All had jewellery missing. A week before Bartel’s attack, a neighbor happened to notice a silver Nissan Altima that seemed out of place.

He jotted down its license plate and when police started asking questions, he passed it along. Investigators found it belonged to Chemirmir. Chemirmir told the newspaper he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"If I was a killer, I could've killed all those ladies," he said.

Who is Chemirmir?

Chemirmir told the newspaper he was born and raised in the Rift Valley and that he's the son of a wealthy farmer.

Chemirmir said he began working as a caregiver in Kenya before he moved in 2003 to the U.S., where he sold cars and began working as a senior caregiver in Dallas.

Chemirmir was married in Denton County in 2004. His wife filed for divorce two years later, saying she didn’t know where he was.

She tried calling family members and previous employers and searched for him online, but couldn’t track him down, according to court documents. The divorce was finalized in October 2006.

Chemirmir was arrested in 2010 on a charge of driving while intoxicated in Addison, and served 18 months of probation.

He picked up a second Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charge in Dallas in 2011 but he didn’t show up for court and ended up with a warrant for his arrest.

The next year, he and his girlfriend argued about him coming home drunk from a strip club, according to police records.

She tried to walk away, but he began punching her in the face. He then beat her on the head with a pot and kicked her in the back. When she called police, he grabbed a knife and began stabbing a red leather loveseat.

He was still there, angry, when police arrived. They arrested him, and he pleaded guilty in exchange for a 70-day sentence in the Dallas County jail.

Chemirmir remains in the Dallas County Jail as he awaits an April 25 retrial after the first jury to hear a murder case against him deadlocked.

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