Texas families of accused serial killer victims give impact statements: ‘What a disgusting coward you are’

Accused serial killer Billy Chemirmir, who has been convicted of the murders of two elderly women and charged with nearly two dozen others, listened in court this week as family members of his victims gave impact statements.

Chemirmir was convicted last week of the death of 87-year-old Mary Brooks, whom he followed home from a Dallas-area Walmart in January 2018 and murdered.

He had already been convicted of the murder of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris. Chemirmir received automatic life sentences without parole for both murders.

FILE: Accused serial killer Billy Chemirmir looks back during his retrial April 25, 2022 at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas.

FILE: Accused serial killer Billy Chemirmir looks back during his retrial April 25, 2022 at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas.
(Shafkat Anowar/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Prosecutors described during the trial how Chemirmir would pose as a maintenance worker to gain access to the homes of elderly people in independent living, then strangle them and steal their valuables.

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Karen Nelson described her mother, 81-year-old Mirriam Nelson, as a “healthy and vibrant” woman who loved life.

“I have spent countless hours reliving what must have been her last moments. Did she fight? Did she beg you for her life? It makes me sick to my stomach that your evil face is the last thing she saw when she left this land,” Nelson said in court Friday. “What a disgusting coward you are to prey on the vulnerable, elderly women.”

Karen Nelson, the daughter of one of Chemirmir's victims, makes a statement of impact in court on Friday.

Karen Nelson, the daughter of one of Chemirmir’s victims, makes a statement of impact in court on Friday.
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Ellen French House, daughter of Norma Wilson French, confronted Chemirmir in court, saying he “terrorized, strangled and murdered my mother.”

“I pray she didn’t suffer long,” she said. “So many lives, so many memories are forever ruined because of your greed.”

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His plan unraveled in March 2018 when 91-year-old Mary Annis Bartel survived his attack. She later told police that a man forced his way into her apartment and tried to suffocate her with a pillow before making off with her jewelry.

Ellen French House gives a victim impact statement on Friday.

Ellen French House gives a victim impact statement on Friday.
(Fox 4 Dallas)

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Her case led police to Chemirmir, where they found him in the parking lot of his apartment complex with jewelry and cash he had stolen from the victims.

Chemirmir was arrested in March 2018. Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot declined to seek the death penalty in the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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