Mistrial declared in case of man charged in 18 Texas deaths

Mistrial declared in case of man charged in 18 Texas deaths

Billy Chemirmir

By JAKE BLEIBERG
Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas judge has declared a mistrial in the first murder case against a man charged with killing 18 older women in the Dallas area over a two-year span. Judge Raquel Jones issued the ruling Friday when a jury deadlocked after deliberating since Thursday afternoon in the capital murder case against Billy Chemirmir. The case charged the Chemirmir with killing 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris. Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot says he’ll retry the case. Authorities have accused Chemirmir of being a prolific killer preying on the elderly. His defense attorneys dismissed the prosecution evidence as “quantity over quality.”

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