16 year old twins Tasmiyah and Jasmiyah Whitehead are currently being held without bond at a youth detention center on charges of murdering their own mother.
Police say Jarmecca “Nikki” Whitehead’s body was found by her daughters as they arrived home from school on Wednesday (Jan. 13). The 34-year-old beautician (pictured below) had been brutally stabbed and beaten and left for dead in her Conyers home.
At the time, police announced they were seeking “persons of interest” in the slaying. Police assumed right from the start that Whitehead knew her killer(s).
After further analyzing forensic data taken from the crime scene, the twins were arrested on Friday (May 21) and charged with their mother’s death. They are being held without bond and kept apart to prevent them from comparing notes.
Both girls will be charged as adults. Whitehead’s boyfriend, Robert Head, said he wasn’t surprised the girls were charged. Head speculates the two bad seeds were coerced into slaying their mother by family members who were out for money.
The state recently removed the sisters from their mother’s home for assaulting Whitehead in the past. The girls, who were known as “Tas” and “Jas”, were sent to live with Whitehead’s grandmother.
Michelle Temple, friend and former boss of Whitehead, said the twins stole money from their great grandmother. “The [great-grandmother] eventually had to get a dead-bolt for her bedroom,” Temple said.
“She’s an 80-year-old woman,” Whitehead’s friend Yucca Harris said of Whitehead’s grandmother. “[Tas and Jas] could get away with just about anything.”
The twins apparently continued their thieving ways by stealing $200 from Whitehead when they were returned to her custody 8 days before she died.