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Police visited home before twins murder of mother
Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead arrest mugs

(May 27, 2010) Police visited the house of the twin teens charged with allegedly murdering their mother, multiple times just days before the January 13 killing, according to 911 call records.

Jarmecca “Nikki” Whitehead, 34, was allegedly found stabbed to death at 2020 Appaloosa Way. Her 16-year-old twin daughters, Tasmiyah Whitehead and Jasmiyah Whitehead, reported to authorities they had discovered their mother’s body after they came home from school.

But five months later, the twins were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault on May 21 after evidence test results “pointed clearly to who was responsible for the murder,” according to Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson.

According to 911 call records, Conyers police officers had been called out to the house on January 8 and January 9 for a disorderly juvenile call and a disturbance.

Tasmiyah and Jasmiyah had reportedly been recently put back into their mother’s custody around the beginning of the year, said family friend Yucca Harris. They had been placed in the custody of their great grandmother before that, according to Harris, because of an incident two years ago where they had assaulted their mother.

Although they will be tried as adults, the death penalty cannot be applied to those under 18. The maximum penalty the twins can face is life or life without parole for the murder charge and 20 years for the aggravated assault charge.

Tasmiyah Whitehead and Jasmiyah Whitehead are currently being kept in separate youth detention facilities. Public defender Owen Humphries is representing Tasmiyah. defense attorney Dwight Thomas is representing Jasmiyah. Thomas is reportedly no stranger to high-publicity cases and has, according to his website, defended clients such as former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, former State Senator Van Streat, and former Atlanta School Board Member Robert “Bob” Waymer.

District Attorney Richard Read said no court date has been set.