TX: Man accused in deaths of 22 elderly women killed in prison by his cellmate

Source: SFGate

“A man accused of killing nearly two dozen older women and who was convicted last year in the slayings of two was killed Tuesday morning by his cellmate at a Texas prison, an official said. Billy Chemirmir, 50, was found dead in his cell, said Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesperson Hannah Haney. She said that Chemirmir’s cellmate, who is serving a sentence for murder, was identified as the assailant, but said she couldn’t release the cellmate’s identity or how Chemirmir was killed. Family members of the victims who gathered at a news conference expressed shock and relief at the news. ‘My mother died in fear. This man did not have a peaceful passing. There’s some relief in feeling that he didn’t get off easily,’ said Shannon Dion, whose 92-year-old mother, Doris Gleason, was among those Chemirmir was charged with killing.” (09/19/23)