A Texas decide declared a mistrial Friday in the primary homicide case towards a man charged with killing 18 older ladies in the Dallas space over a two-year span, however prosecutors vowed to proceed to pursue convictions.

Judge Raquel Jones issued the ruling when a jury deadlocked after deliberating since Thursday afternoon in the capital homicide case charging Billy Chemirmir with killing 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris.

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot mentioned he was resolved to retry the case and produce one other one towards the 48-year-old defendant. “Our commitment was to get two convictions and that does not change,” Creuzot instructed The Dallas Morning News.

Defendant Billy Chemirmir listens to motions and language being discussed and sent to the jury after one juror is hanging up the deliberations in his capital murder trial at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. Chemirmir, 48, faces life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder for smothering Lu Thi Harris, 81, and stealing her jewelry. He is accused of killing at least 18 women in Dallas and Collin counties. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

Defendant Billy Chemirmir listens to motions and language being mentioned and despatched to the jury after one juror is hanging up the deliberations in his capital homicide trial on the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. Chemirmir, 48, faces life in jail with out parole if convicted of capital homicide for smothering Lu Thi Harris, 81, and stealing her jewellery. He is accused of killing not less than 18 ladies in Dallas and Collin counties. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News through AP, Pool)
(Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News through AP, Pool)

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In a sequence of notes to the court docket Friday, the 12 jurors mentioned they have been “hopelessly deadlocked 11 to one” in the case. It was not clear what verdict the bulk of jurors supported. Jones initially resisted declaring a mistrial, repeatedly ordering the jury to proceed deliberating.

After the mistrial determination, family of the ladies Chemirmir is accused of killing spoke outdoors the courtroom, which they’d been prohibited from coming into through the trial as a COVID-19 precaution. 

“We are devastated at the outcome of this trial,” mentioned Loren Adair-Smith, the daughter of Phyllis Payne. “We are sickened that we have to come back and hear the same evidence again.”

Chemirmir’s attorneys rested their case with out calling any witnesses or presenting proof, and he didn’t testify. They dismissed the proof towards their shopper as “quantity over quality” and asserted that prosecutors had not proved Chemirmir’s guilt past an affordable doubt.

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Following the mistrial, protection legal professional Kobby Warren mentioned his shopper maintains his innocence and disputed the thought of the trial being derailed by a “rogue juror.”

“It was all circumstantial,” he mentioned of the case towards Chemirmir.

Chemirmir was arrested in March 2018 after 91-year-old Mary Annis Bartel mentioned a man compelled his method into her condominium at an unbiased dwelling group for seniors in the Dallas suburb of Plano.

When police tracked Chemirmir to his close by condominium following the assault on Bartel, he was holding jewellery and money. Documents in a big crimson jewellery field police say he had simply thrown away led them to a Dallas dwelling, the place Harris was lifeless in her bed room, lipstick smeared on her pillow.

After his arrest, authorities introduced they’d start reviewing a whole bunch of deaths, signaling the likelihood {that a} serial killer had been stalking older folks. Over the next years, the quantity of folks Chemirmir was accused of killing grew.

Defense attorney Kobby Warren, standing, right, listens to attorney Mark Watson, top left, as his client Billy Chemirmir, seated right, waits for motions and language being sent to the jury in his capital murder trial at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. He was joined by private investigator Tonia Silva seated, left. Chemirmir, 48, faces life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder for smothering Lu Thi Harris, 81, and stealing her jewelry. He is accused of killing at least 18 women in Dallas and Collin counties. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

Defense legal professional Kobby Warren, standing, proper, listens to legal professional Mark Watson, high left, as his shopper Billy Chemirmir, seated proper, waits for motions and language being despatched to the jury in his capital homicide trial on the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. He was joined by non-public investigator Tonia Silva seated, left. Chemirmir, 48, faces life in jail with out parole if convicted of capital homicide for smothering Lu Thi Harris, 81, and stealing her jewellery. He is accused of killing not less than 18 ladies in Dallas and Collin counties. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News through AP, Pool)
(Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News through AP, Pool)

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For the households of most of the ladies he’s been charged with killing, they realized months or years after their beloved one’s demise that authorities believed they’d been killed. Those households had puzzled over the suddenness of their older however in any other case wholesome and lively family members’ deaths, and in many instances, filed police experiences when jewellery was discovered lacking after their deaths.

Bartel died in 2020 however jurors heard from her through the trial by a taped deposition. She mentioned she didn’t bear in mind particulars of the looks of the man who attacked her however mentioned she knew she was in mortal hazard the minute she opened her door.

“My eyes were just fixated on these green rubber gloves that I saw. I knew instantly when I saw those two green rubber gloves, number one, I should not have opened the door, number two, my life was in grave danger,” Bartel mentioned on the video.

She mentioned that she tried to push the door shut however was overpowered. “He said: ‘Don’t fight me, lie on the bed,’” Bartel mentioned.

Defense attorney Kobby Warren, center, asks Judge Raquel "Rocky" Jones, right, about the motions and language being sent to the jury after one juror is hanging up the deliberations in the capital murder trial of Billy Chemirmir, left at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. Chemirmir, 48, faces life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder for smothering Lu Thi Harris, 81, and stealing her jewelry. He is accused of killing at least 18 women in Dallas and Collin counties. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

Defense legal professional Kobby Warren, heart, asks Judge Raquel “Rocky” Jones, proper, in regards to the motions and language being despatched to the jury after one juror is hanging up the deliberations in the capital homicide trial of Billy Chemirmir, left on the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. Chemirmir, 48, faces life in jail with out parole if convicted of capital homicide for smothering Lu Thi Harris, 81, and stealing her jewellery. He is accused of killing not less than 18 ladies in Dallas and Collin counties. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News through AP, Pool)
(Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News through AP, Pool)

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Bartel described a pillow being smashed into her face and her attacker (*18*) Chemirmir was charged with tried capital homicide in the assault on Bartel.

Jurors noticed surveillance video from a Walmart exhibiting that Harris and Chemirmir have been on the retailer on the identical time, simply hours earlier than she was discovered lifeless.

Most of the victims have been killed at unbiased dwelling communities for older folks, the place Chemirmir allegedly compelled his method into residences or posed as a handyman.

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Harris’ son-in-law, Richard Rinehart, testified that the jewellery and jewellery field discovered in the trash when Chemirmir was arrested belonged to his mother-in-law.

Evidence introduced confirmed that Chemirmir additionally had quite a few $2 payments on the time. Rinehart testified that his mother-in-law beloved giving them as items. Police additionally mentioned Chemirmir was arrested with a set of keys that opened the entrance doorways of Harris’ dwelling.

Jurors additionally heard in regards to the killing of of 87-year-old Mary Brooks, who was discovered lifeless in her Richardson dwelling in January 2018. Hers was one of the 18 slayings Chemirmir has been charged with.

Prosecutor Glen Fitzmartin mentioned that Brooks’ demise had initially been referred to as a pure demise, however after an investigation following the arrest of Chemirmir, the health worker modified the trigger of demise to murder.

Fitzmartin mentioned that Chemirmir additionally adopted Brooks dwelling from the identical Walmart Harris was at earlier than her demise. Her daughter, Ann Brooks, testified that after her mom’s demise, her mom’s secure was lacking, as was most of her jewellery, together with marriage ceremony rings and a coral necklace she at all times wore.

Chemirmir, who immigrated to the U.S. from Kenya, grew to become a everlasting U.S. resident in 2007.