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Mistrial declared in case of man charged in 18 Texas deaths

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot said he'll retry the case.

Posted: Nov 19, 2021 9:11 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2021 9:12 PM

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 Chemirmir with killing 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris.

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot said 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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