Nurse Facing Capital Murder Charge Isn't Licensed To Practice

L.P. Phillips
March 27, 2018 - 3:50 pm
Billy Chemirmir

Credit: Plano Police Department


DALLAS (KRLD) - A nurse at the center of an investigation into almost a thousand cases of unexplained deaths and attacks doesn't have a license to practice in the state of Texas. 

Billy Chemirmir remains in jail on a $1.1 million bond for the murder of an 81-year-old woman in Dallas County, however, officials from multiple North Texas cities are going over files to determine if he was involved in the deaths of any others. 

Nearly all the files under investigation involve elderly women who may have been in nursing homes. But while officials in Billy Chemirmir's hometown of Eldama Ravine, Kenya say he worked as a home healthcare nurse, Bruce Holter of the Texas Board of Nursing says he had no such license here.

"Mr. Chemirmir is not a Texas-licensed nurse, nor is he licensed anywhere in the United States," Holter told KRLD's L.P. Phillips. "He's not a nurse aide, either, as far as we were able to determine by checking the nurse aide registry.

Phillips reports investigators have plenty of questions about how the Kenyan national was able to get hired so easily in Texas and that it's currently under investigation.

Meanwhile, Dallas police have now assigned a full-time detective to the Chemirmir case and have promised even more resources as the investigation into the accused capital murderer ramps-up.

In Dallas County alone, police are revisiting at least 750 unexplained deaths that date back 8 years. While not all of them are expected to be tied to Chemirmir, officials believe there could be some that fit the profile that detectives are probing.

Plano, Richardson and Frisco are also revisiting cases to see if the 45-year old Chemirmir may have been involved.

Plano police said Tuesday that they recently discovered that Chemimir has used the alias Benjamin Koitaba while operating as a healthcare professional. 

The Texas Department of aging disability services has oversight when it comes to nursing homes. Their spokesman has not returned our call.