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Protection attorney for suspected Dallas serial killer Billy Chemirmir arrested on prostitution cost

The attorney representing a Dallas man accused of smothering two dozen elderly women was arrested on a prostitution charge, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported.

Phillip Hayes, 48, was arrested on a charge of solicitation of prostitution Friday in Smith County and released in lieu of $2,000 bail, the newspaper said.

When reached Wednesday by The Dallas Morning News, Hayes declined to comment on the specifics of the allegations.

“Things aren’t always as they seem,” Hayes told The News. “When it is all said and done we can sit and talk about it but I’m not going to do anything to jeopardize Mr. Chemirmir at this point.”

Hayes represents Billy Chemirmir, who has been indicted with 18 counts of capital murder in Dallas and Collin Counties. Jury selection began Wednesday in Dallas County for the first of those trials. But it’s unknown whether Hayes’ arrest will impact the trial

Hayes said he wasn’t planning to participate in jury selection for Chemirmir’s case — other attorneys on his legal team would be at the courthouse to do so. He said he didn’t expect his arrest to impact that trial.

According to the Morning Telegraph, Hayes was in Tyler for another capital murder trial. He was defending a nurse accused of killing multiple patients by injecting air into their arterial systems. Police said Hayes was texting an undercover officer beginning Oct. 5, according to court records.

Hayes requested an hour of time and $110 in exchange for sex, according to court records. Hayes was arrested after he and the undercover office decided to meet, but officers decided to wait until the Tyler trial was over before filing a warrant.

Hayes has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1999, and his Dallas-based firm regularly represents clients who face the death penalty in capital murder cases.

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